Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 24th, 2008
A species of cockatoo feared to have become extinct has been “rediscovered” with the sighting of a handful of breeding pairs on a remote Indonesian island, researchers told Discovery.com on October 23, 2008.
Ten Yellow-crested Abbott’s cockatoos were found on the Masalembu archipelago off Java island, the Indonesian Cockatoo Conservation group said.
“We were excited when we found them in residential areas on Masakambing island,” researcher Dudi Nandika said.
The group included four breeding pairs and two juveniles.
Despite the discovery the Yellow-crested Abbott’s cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea abbotti) remains the rarest species of the bird on earth, he reportedly told Discovery. (I think the Indonesian Cockatoo Conservation group meant to be quoted by the press as saying these birds are the “rarest subspecies” of this species on Earth.)
It hasn’t been seen since scientists observed a group of five in 1999, researcher Dwi Agustina said.
It was assumed that number was too low for the cockatoos to reproduce and the species had died out, Agustina said.