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13 January 2011

Taronga Zoo: Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo "Keerjandee" M.I.A, by Eva Rinaldi - 13th January 2011

Taronga Zoo Sydney is back in the headlines, but for a matter they would rather not be.

One of their prized birds, Keerjandee, an adorable Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo, flew away yesterday, and it's believed its whereabouts may be in the Mosman region.

As you may appreciate the Zoo keepers, management and even other birds at the zoo are anxious and missing her terribly.

The Zoo has released the following details in hope of getting a positive ID on their mate: adult female, jet black feathers with yellow speckles and bright red and orange colouring under her tail. Answers to "Keerjandee". It's suspected they may be hungry, having been looked after like a queen at Taronga for years.

Our feathered friend flew off during Wednesday afternoon’s Free Flight Bird show after getting spooked out by magpies, known is Aussie lingo as "maggies".

Zoo keepers advised she flew in the direction of Clifton Gardens but may not have travelled too far.

"She has gone for an exploration before, but normally only goes a few hundred metres before returning to her dedicated keepers," a Taronga spokeswoman said.

"She was last seen heading towards Clifton Gardens way, and although this species of bird can fly far, we believe she could still be in the local area."

Have you seen the missing cockatoo? Call Taronga Zoo on (02) 9969 2777 or tell us below.

Keepers searched all afternoon and most of last night for Keerjandee, who has has only been part of the bird show for six months.

They took out other Red-tail Black Cockatoos in the hope their calls would help track Keerjandee.

"Normally if they hear the call of another bird they will respond and therefore help us locate and bring them home, however this also proved unsuccessful," the spokeswoman said.

Red-tailed black cockatoos are not a local species but are about the same size as a sulphur crested cockatoo.

Anyone with information about the missing bird is urged to contact Taronga Zoo on (02) 9969 2777 or can contact the writer of this blog.

We are hopefully of giving a positive news update soon and will continue to pray for her positive return.

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