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Drought could kill off Australia's last Eyre Peninsula cockatoos


Dry weather conditions in South Australia could be the nail in the coffin for the already endangered Eyre Peninsula yellow-tailed black cockatoo. According to a report published by the Australian Broadcasting Company, "The birds are at their lowest population level on record and there could be as few as 10 left." Census data just three years ago put the population at three to four times that number.

The South Australian Environment Department has issued a call for help, asking the citizens of the Eyre Peninsula to keep an eye out for the endangered cockatoo and to report any sightings. The Environment Department will use reports to monitor the birds, their nests and their eggs in an effort to help make sure that fledgling cockatoos leave their nests, a process they call "recruitment."

Link: Eyre Peninsula cockatoos near extinction