The species, listed as vulnerable by the Australian government, is the world’s oldest cockatoo – yet there is still a lot scientists don’t know about the bird.
“My manager called me one Saturday to say the palm cockatoo was there, and so I rushed down to get up close to this amazing bird and take a few photos,” says Chris MacColl, a threatened species research officer at Rio Tinto’s Weipa bauxite operations.
“We’re currently working on a research project to learn more about the species, including how rehabilitated mine land can be enhanced to encourage breeding.
“For instance, if we can understand the full variety of plant species the palm cockatoo uses then we could potentially tailor areas of land rehabilitation to provide all the sustenance these birds need,” Chris said.
World Environment Day
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In 2017, the theme is “connecting people to nature”. To celebrate, employees from around our business shared some of their favourite moments in nature and the work they’re doing to help protect the environment.
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