Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo

Also known as the Short-billed Black-Cockatoo, the Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo is easily confused with the Baudin’s (or Long-billed) Black-Cockatoo Z. baudinii, which has a longer upper mandible, although this can often be partially obscured by feathers. Both are large (54-56cm) black cockatoos with a white cheek patch and white panels in the tail. The male of both species has a pinkish eye-ring. The species is regarded as endangered, due to its low numbers and loss of large areas of feeding and breeding habitat. It is endemic to south-western WA, where it prefers woodlands, shrublands and heaths and feeds on seeds of hakeas, eucalypts, she-oaks and pines, but will also enter commercial orchards to feed on fruits and nuts. It nests in tree hollows, and two eggs are laid in a clutch. Pairs form lifelong bonds.

Scientific name: Zanda latirostris