Sumba’s Avian Housing Crisis Creates ‘Fight Club’ For Its Rare Cockatoos

Captive citron-crested cockatoo (Cacatua citrinocristata) at the Moscow Zoo. This species is Critically Endangered, numbering around an estimated 1230–2030 individuals in total in the wild, which is an 80% decline in total wild population in the past 3 cockatoo generations (43 years). (Credit: Alexander Tundakov / CC BY 2.0)



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