香港的小葵花鳳頭鸚鵡 hong kong’s yellow-crested cockatoo

天文台預告除夕會攝氏十度以下,12月29日,天氣在變換中,一直下雨。早上微雨時走到香港公園,怎知越下越大。但因聽到小葵花鳳頭鸚鵡獨特的喊叫,隨聲追蹤,赫然看到難得盛況,不由繼續觀賞。粗略估計,超過三十只,不知何故,群起聚集。

the observatory warned about cold weather starting from new year’s eve. on 29 december, weather began to change and rain started. it was only drizzling when i headed to hong kong park, and then it turned heavier.  yet i heard squeaks of many yellow-crested cockatoo around and couldn’t help spotting them. it was a surprise to see they did came in many. roughly estimate between 30 and 50 of them. all playing, teasing and making lots of noises.

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小葵花是群體鳥類,但每次最多見五六隻一起,這樣的大規模,倒是第一次。

在香港島觀鳥,小葵花是算是中環的特別項目。牠們的蹤跡,以我的經驗,範圍由金鐘香港公園、中環動植物公園到西半山香港大學附近。

yellow-crested are always in group, but usually in five, six, seven, but not like this.

they are the standard special of the central stop for birdwatchers to watch bird on the hong kong island. hong kong park seems to be the home of yellow-crested. as far as i can tell, people can spot them also at the zoological and botanical gardens in the central and mid-levels west near hku.

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小葵花是外地引入品種,有說來自南亞印尼。有世界組織評級此鳥因禽鳥販賣嚴重,品種極危。全球大概七千多。而香港的小葵花有數百。覺得這是香港的驕傲。

此外,這些吱喳的鸚鵡的由來,還有浪漫的典故。二次大戰香港淪陷前,當時香港總督楊慕琦,將自己的寵物鳥釋放;繁衍至今,成為全球一大野化種群。

i deeply adore these noisy pretty birds. and fact confirms their value. yellow-crested cockatoo is on the iucn red list as there are only about seven thousands of them worldwide. it is native to southern asia and used to be a common bird, but due to cagebird trade, the population drops drastically. there is however a feral population of several hundreds in this city.

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the yellow-crested in hong kong are acquired. a repeated story which is quite trustworthy said that hong kong governor sir mark aitchison young released government house’s entire bird collection – including a large number of yellow-crested cockatoos – hours before surrendering hong kong to japanese troops in december 1941. the cockatoos now are all descendents to them.

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小葵花鳳頭鸚鵡 yellow-crested cockatoo (cacatua sulphurea) – class: aves 鳥綱 | order: psittaciformes 鸚形目| superfamily: cacatuoidea | family: cacatuidae 鳳頭鸚鵡科 | subfamily: cacatuinae | tribe: cacatuini | genus: cacatua 鳳頭鸚鵡屬 | subgenus:cacatua | species: c. sulphurea

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