Glossy Black-Cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus lathami

Although the smallest Black-Cockatoo (around 36cm) it is still very impressive. The male has a similar red band on the tail to the Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus banksii, however the crest is reduced to a small crown and the head has faint yellow around the feather edges. The bill in both males and females is large and the rest is a charcoal black. The female has a similar red band on the tail but has more yellow on the head, and the yellow is distinctive in the neck area. The juveniles have spotted yellow markings on the chest, between the neck and vent, while the tail has orange, black and yellow banding. The call is a soft “tarr-red”. The birds feed exclusively on the cones of she-oaks (Casuarina spp. and Allocasuarina spp.).