Seisia was so snuggly and her red cheek patches so velvety soft! Angela fell in love!
Seisia was hand-reared by keepers at Adelaide Zoo, this was the first time a Palm Cockatoo had been successfully bred in Australia since 1973. Adelaide Zoo are the only Australian Zoo to hold Palm Cockatoos.
Ethical photography notes:
Angela photographed Seisia in an aviary at Adelaide Zoo where she got special behind the scenes access for her Conservation/Bird Week series. She spent hours gently talking and interacting with her until she felt that she got the perfect inquisitive look she was trying to capture. No flash was used.
The Palm Cockatoo is Australia’s largest cockatoo.In Australia, they live on the Cape York Peninsula, but are threatened by deforestation and habitat loss. Their conservation status is classified as Near Threatened to Vulnerable.
Palm cockatoos only lay one egg every second year and have one of the lowest breeding success rates reported for any species of parrot. They also require very specific types of tree hollows for nesting. Due to habitat clearing and changed fire regimes, these hollows are becomming harder to find.
Palm Cockatoos are also highly sought after in the avian trade. In Australia it’s illegal to trade any bird caught from the wild and trade requires strict import and export permits.
To help conserve the Palm Cockatoo, We will be donating 10% of sales to the Endowment of the Difficult Bird Research Group, who are part of the Australian National University.
The purpose of the Endowment is to support conservation research conducted by the Difficult Birds Research Group (DBRG) into endangered and future-endangered Australian birds, with specific focus on rare and highly mobile species that are difficult to study.
The research will focus on: (i) the collection of critical population and breeding data across multiple spatial scales to update and improve the conservation status of DBRG study species, (ii) the protection, restoration and enhancement of habitats critical to DBRG study species, and (iii) direct, intensive and immediate recovery actions to prevent the extinction of DBRG study species.