Black plumaged cockatoos
Black plumaged cockatoo parrots.
Black plumaged cockatoo parrots. Large Black plumaged cockatoos with tall rounded crest. MostlyBlack plumaged cockatoo with red or orange panels on the tail. Female has yellow spots and barring on the chest. Plumage and bill size vary according to subspecies. Often feeds on the ground. Typically occurs in groups or large flocks. Note loud calls from large noisy flocks.
Black plumaged cockatoos.Another area in need of study is Palm Cockatoo taxonomy. Probosciger is a monotypic genus. Palms range primarily on the Island of New Guinea which is divided into the independent country of Papua New Guinea on the east and West Irian, an Indonesian territory on the west. Palms are also found on some surrounding islands and the Cape York Peninsula in North Queensland Australia.1,2,3,s
Nesting season in the wild is reported to be August to January. The nesting site is usually a vertical hollow trunk with a deep cavity which is filled with chewed wood debris supposedly to allow drainage of rain water.
In 1987, Palm Cockatoos were added to Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The species is also protected in both Indonesia and Australia. Several shipments of birds were imported in 1983 utilizing Malaysian documentation. Two shipments were confiscated and subsequently were distributed to zoos and private aviculturists with the stipulation they must be maintained in a studbook and Species Survival Plan (SSP). ABRC is participating in the SSP program.
Palms have been bred inconsistently and infrequently. The first reported captive breeding was in Australia in 1912 by W.R. McLennan. Reports typically detail attempts which often end in failure. Sindel and Lynn determined, after extensive review of the literature, that Bob Lynn of Sydney, Australia, had the world’s first breeding in 1968. The chick was parent reared.
Subspecies distinctions are extremely vague and may, in fact, represent geographical races. Overlapping size and physical characteristics makes current pairing difficult. Genetic analysis may be necessary to determine the validity of described subspecies.