My name is Naomi Elegant and I'm a freelance writer in Hong Kong. I'm working on a story about the yellow-crested cockatoos (the white cockatoos) that live in the trees of Hong Kong park, some in Pokfulam, and elsewhere on the island. Many articles about these birds say that they're the descendants of the pets of British officers and the British governor, Mark Young, who released the birds right before the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong in 1941. I've read this story in articles and also heard it repeated anecdotally, but none of the articles have cited a source for this story.
I was wondering if anyone has heard this story or other stories about these cockatoos, or has come across any old photographs, letters, or other primary documents that link the birds to British officials at that time.
Thanks so much!
thank you for all your comments and insight, the article is up here if you're interested: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/hong-kong-cockatoos-conservation