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Palm Cockatoo: Why a unique ‘drumming’ bird is in peril | BBC Video

March 3, 2021

[Posted by Chuck Almdale]

Click on YouTube photo above.

The palm cockatoo is thought to be the only bird species to use tools musically – drumming wood to attract a mate.
The largest cockatoo and the largest member of the order of parrots is found only in Australia and neighboring New Guinea. The species is facing a dramatic population decline, scientists say.
Video by Isabelle Rodd

[NOTE: The link in the original posting came from Google and stopped displaying the video, even from Google, sometime after I scheduled it to post. The above link is direct to the YouTube video and should work, dangnabbit!]

  1. March 3, 2021 1:10 pm

    Thanks, as always. I was in Australia on a birding trip in 2012. We got as far north as Cairns and Darwin, but we didn’t see this guy. Enid Hayflick Newport Beach 


    • Chukar permalink*
      March 3, 2021 4:04 pm

      We saw them in the Iron Range in 1988, about 3/4ths way up Cape York Peninsula, probably closer to New Guinea than to Cairns.
      Gigantic beasts.


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