Philippine Cockatoo Bred in Chester Zoo after 19 years of trying
The zookeepers at Chester Zoo in northwest England have succeeded in breeding three extremely rare parrots – after nineteen years of attempts! The rare birds are Philippine cockatoo chicks and are now being hand-reared after being hatched in incubators. Because Philippine cockatoos, also known as Red-vented cockatoos, can be so aggressive, breeding can be a very rare and difficult process.
For this reason, as well as illegal trapping in their natural country of the Philippines, the bird is critically endangered and its numbers have dropped from an estimated population of around 4000 at the start of the 1990s to less than 1000 in 2008. This type of cockatoo is a social species which roosts, feeds, and flies in noisy groups; however, during the mating season, from March to July, pairs live apart from the flock.