A Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus) was sighted at Upper Seletar by Eric Pooi a.k.a. ericp in early March 2009.
According to Eric, this is clearly an escapee, as “…there is a broken chain on his leg… hopefully it can survived in Singapore… Notice its wings were badly damaged though flying is still not a problem…”
Palm Cockatoo is an impressive bird in its all black plumage and spectacular crest of back-curving crest of narrow, elongated feathers. There is a prominent naked crimson cheek patch and an equally prominent grey-black bill.
Abundant in Australia, this cockatoo is not known to Singapore. We have been seeing so many escapee birds recently, so much so that this island will one day be a one big bird park.
According to Rane Wong a.k.a. reno, you need a licence to keep the bird in Singapore.
Image by Eric Pooi.
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