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Palm Cockatoo, Iron Range, Cape York, Australia, 2009

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Uploaded on Nov 10, 2011

This video presents scenes from an early June, 2009 safari to Cape York, Australia in search of the Palm Cockatoo, Probosciger aterrimus aterrimus, the most magnificent of all cockatoos and possibly the most beautiful of all parrots. We see first a female and then a male, the female's mate (or at least its suitor). The male approaches her with a stick in his mouth. Male Palm Cockatoos often fashion such sticks so that they may be used as a drum and thereby capture the female's attentions.

The Palm Cockatoo is an especially large parrot species, with males attaining lengths of 28 inches (as measured from beak to tail). There are four subspecies of this parrot. The largest of these, Probosciger aterrimus goliath, occurs in New Guinea.

Besides occurring in the Iron Range National Park area of Cape York, Australia, this species is also found In New Guinea and Papua New Guinea, Indonesia.

At the most, mature Palm Cockatoo pairs produce one chick per year. Because of its low reproduction rate and diminishing habitat in Cape York, Australia, the Palm Cockatoo is a threatened species. It is hoped that this video can remind all people that we all need to preserve wild species and their habitats.

As a possibly curious aside, after this parrot expeience I chanced into an an Aussie in Cairns who, like me, is a parrot enthusiast. He insisted that the Macaws (especially the Hyacinth macaw) of Central and South America were the most beautiful of parrots. Of course, I argued in favor of the Palm Cockatoo being the more deserving parrot for this title (I mean, after all, I had come clear to the complete opposite side of the planet to see this bird). Neither of us was successful in convincing the other of our respective opinions on this matter. We did, however, reamain gentlemen, I think, throughout the sharing of our strongly-held views.

You do agree with my position, don't you? If in doubt, simply watch the video and you are sure to agree.

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