Breeding success for rare cockatoos
1st September 2016
Paradise Park’s Keeper Leanne was happy to give this chubby little Yellow-crested Cockatoo a clean bill of health at his nest check. ‘The parents are very attentive so the chick has grown well, and it’s good to see feathers appearing now.’
Director Alison Hales explains ‘Yellow-crested Cockatoos are Critically Endangered in the wild – this species and it’s sub-species now only remain in small, scattered populations through the islands of Indonesia. In an ongoing project with the World Parrot Trust, a recent survey indicated that the species is in much greater peril than previously thought, so this little chick is very important and will play a key role in the breeding program. Previous youngsters have been placed on breeding loan with other bird collections and zoos, they will be available if needed for a reintroduction scheme in the future.
Read about the World Parrot Trust project for the species here: World Parrot Trust
The crest growing and how the crest will look.