It’s been three years since a European zoo successfully hatched a Pam Cockatoo chick, but the Czech Republic’s Prague Zoo achieved this rare feat for the first time this fall. A single chick hatched, weighing only 20 grams (less than 1 ounce). When fully frown, this ungainly chick will be covered in glossy black feathers with bright red cheek patches and a large black crest.
Palm Cockatoos are native to the northernmost tip of Australia and the island of New Guinea, where they inhabit forested areas. Their powerful bill enables them to crack hard nuts and seeds, such as those found on palm trees. Palm Cockatoos are not considered threatened by the International Union for Conservation of nature, but trade of these birds is restricted under Appendix I of CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
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