Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

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Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus funereus


Breeds November-February. This species has a long breeding season. Both sexes construct a nest in a large tree hollow. The clutch size is usually 2 and the female incubates the eggs while the male supplies food. Usually only one chick survives which both parents care for. Time in the nest is around 168 days. Generally a nomadic species, migrating locally depending on food availability.


Details Description
Type
Bird
Group
Cockatoo
Other Common Names
Black Cockatoo
Identifying Characteristics

Large black cockatoo, 55-65 cm. Mostly black plumage with most body feathers edged with yellow. Yellow cheek patch and yellow panels in the tail.

Distinctive Markings

Striking yellow tail panels. Females have a larger yellow cheek patch than the males, pale grey eye-ring and a white upper beak. Males have a pink eye-ring and a grey-black upper beak.

Diet

Omnivore. Seeds of native trees including Banksia, Eucalypt, Hakea and Xanthorrhoea species. Also feeds on pine cones, seeds from ground plants and wood-boring insects.

Habitat

Favours eucalypt woodlands and pine plantations. Found in coastal areas as well as inland and alpine areas.

Native Status
Native to Australia
Sounds
Drawn-out, distinctive "kee - ow". Screeches when alarmed.
Taxonomy
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Psittaciformes
Family
Cacatuidae
Genus
Calyptorhynchus
Species
funereus
Found in south-eastern Australia from the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia to south and central eastern Queensland.

Distribution maps indicate current and historic locations where species have been sighted.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia

Conservation Status
DEPI Advisory List
Not listed
FFG Act
Not listed
EPBC Act
Not listed

The conservation status of species is listed within Victoria and Australia.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) Advisory List consists of non-statutory advisory lists of rare or threatened flora and fauna within Victoria.

The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) lists threatened species in Victoria. Under the Act, an Action Statement is produced for each listed species.

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s key piece of environmental legislation, listing nationally threatened native species and ecological communities.

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