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.
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.
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.
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.
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