Population status: Declining
"The white cockatoo (Cacatua alba), also known as the umbrella cockatoo, is a medium-sized all-white cockatoo endemic to tropical rainforest on islands of Indonesia. Unsustainable levels of trapping for the cage-bird trade pose the greatest threat. In 1991, an estimated minimum of 6,600 birds (possibly representing a mere quarter of the actual figure) were taken from the wild. Catch quotas for the species were exceeded by up to 18 times in some localities, indicating that trappers were removing in the order of 17% of the population annually. Significant changes in forest cover on Halmahera appear to have driven a concomitant decline in the cockatoo population (F. Lambert in litt. 2012). Habitat and nest-site availability is therefore decreasing, particularly the latter. Furthermore, new logging roads greatly facilitate access for trappers."
I decided to dedicate this years inktober mostly to endangered, extinct or enslaved animal species.
In November I'll sell some of the originals to raise money for local animal shelters. <3
As a big fan of cockatoos, I found these to be absolutely wonderful, especially with how rich the details are!
Hard to ink an all-white subject - you did a marvelous job!
Beautiful *, *
Nice you're very skilled.