[Daily article] June 8: Carnaby’s black cockatoo

Carnaby’s black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) is a large
parrot, 53–58 cm (21–23 in) long, endemic to south western
Australia. It was described in 1948 by naturalist Ivan Carnaby. This
black cockatoo has a short crest, mostly greyish-black plumage,
prominent white cheek patches, and a white tail band. The body feathers
are edged with white, giving a scalloped appearance. The beak is dark
grey for males and bone-coloured for females. The young stay with the
family until at least the next breeding season. The bird eats seeds,
mainly from the Proteaceae and Myrtaceae families. It nests in high
hollows in large trees, generally Eucalyptus, but populations north of
Perth have become dependent on pine plantations. With much of its
habitat lost to land clearing and development, the bird is listed as
endangered. Like most parrots, it is protected by CITES, an
international agreement that makes trade, export, and import of listed
wild-caught species illegal. It is also part of an annual census, the
Great Cocky Count, held since 2009 to track the population change of
threatened black cockatoo species in Western Australia.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

218:

With the support of the Syrian legions, Elagabalus defeated the
forces of Roman emperor Macrinus.

1776:

American Revolutionary War: British forces defeated the
Continental Army at the Battle of Trois-Rivières, the last major battle
fought on Quebec soil that was part of the American colonists’ invasion
of Quebec.

1941:

World War II: The Allies commenced the Syria–Lebanon Campaign
against the possessions of Vichy France in the Levant.

1950:

Thomas Blamey became the only Australian to attain the rank of
field marshal.

2007:

A major storm in New South Wales, Australia, beached the bulk
carrier ship MV Pasha Bulker.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

fishify:
1. (transitive) To change (flesh) to fish; to transform into a fish.
2. (figuratively) To make as wet as a fish; to drench with water.

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  The fact that we’re all connected, the fact that we’ve got this
information space — does change the parameters. It changes the way
people live and work. It changes things for good and for bad. But I
think, in general, it’s clear that most bad things come from
misunderstanding, and communication is generally the way to resolve
misunderstandings — and the Web’s a form of communications — so it
generally should be good. But I think, also, we have to watch whether we
preserve the stability of the world … We need to look at the whole
society and think, “Are we actually thinking about what we’re doing as
we go forward, and are we preserving the really important values that we
have in society? Are we keeping it democratic, and open, and so on?”
 
–Tim Berners-Lee

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