One wounded juvenile Philippine Cockatoo (𝘊𝘢𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘢 𝘩𝘢𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘺𝘨𝘪𝘢), locally known as “Katala” was turned over to the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) by Kagawad JR John Garcia and Kagawad Marlyn Arzaga of Barangay Bancao-Bancao, Puerto Princesa City on August 24, 2021.
Bgy. Kagawad Garcia narrated that two young men found the bird, which has a fractured left wing stained with blood, chirping loudly on the ground at Purok Bagong Buhay, Bgy. Bancao-Bancao on August 24, 2021, around 12 noon. It was making a loud sound because of the unbearable pain on the affected area of one of its wings, presumed to be caused by the improvised sling stones used by the kids in that area. The young boys handed over the “Katala” to the Bgy. Officials of Bgy. Bancao-Bancao, who then contacted the PCSDS office to report the incident.
On the same day, Bgy. Kagawad Garcia and Bgy. Kagawad Arzaga went to the PCSDS Office for the retrieval of the bird and its rehabilitation. According to them, Bgy. Bancao-Bancao is one of the Katala Foundation Inc.’s partners in protecting and conserving “Katala” in the wild, owing to the visible presence of the bird in their area due to the abundance of Moringa or Malunggay trees. Furthermore, the barangay has IEC activities specifically designed to protect “Katala,” so the bird’s misfortune was the barangay’s first unexpected case.
The “Katala” was brought to the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (PWRCC) for its rehabilitation on August 24, 2021.
The Philippine Cockatoo or “Katala” is listed as “Critically Endangered Species” under the PCSD Resolution 15-521.
The PCSDS urges persons who happen to find or rescue wildlife to turn them over to our office, which can be contacted thru hotline numbers 0935-116-2336 (Globe/TM) and 0948-937-2200 (Smart/TNT). You may also send a message to our Facebook page for your concerns.