Caption this: Palm cockatoo chick is naked as a jaybird


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The sight of a baby bird, to one who’s not used to seeing them, can be a bit jarring. Take this little guy, a palm cockatoo chick born in late November at the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore.

Palm cockatoos are native to parts of Australia and New Guinea and are known for their impressive bills, which are larger than those of most cockatoos and other birds their size. When this featherless little fellow grows up, he’ll have beautiful black feathers, a crest atop his head and bright red patches on his cheeks. He’ll be quite an impressive sight, though you wouldn’t know it to look at him now!


The Jurong Bird Park is the biggest facility of its kind in the world, featuring about 8,000 different birds representing 600 species. (Most of them, we’d wager, are fully feathered, unlike this little guy.)


-- Lindsay Barnett