‘I don’t think many people know they exist’: how mistaken identity threatens the Baudin’s cockatoo

The black cockatoo is nearly identical to its neighbour, the Carnaby’s. And that’s a problem for protecting the endangered speciesThe Guardian/BirdLife Australia Bird of the Year poll for 2021 will begin on 27 September In the early 1830s, the painter Edward Lear was painstakingly illustrating a black cockatoo, based on a specimen collected by French explorer Nicholas Baudin in the south-west of Western Australia in 1804.The image, which would become the holotype for the Baudin’s cockatoo, was published in Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots (1832). Back in Lear’s time it was believed that the Baudin’s was the… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/19/i-dont-think-many-people-know-they-exist-how-mistaken-identity-threatens-the-baudins-cockatoo

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