Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo

 

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Male
Male (from southern Western Australia)

What does it look like? This is a large, black cockatoo. The male is easily identified by its dense crest of black feathers, almost entirely black plumage, and bright red undertail. The female is duller grey-brown, barred and spotted with yellow, and has a diagnostic white bill. The Glossy Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus lathami of south-east Australia and Kangaroo Island, SA, has a paler head and breast and is much smaller. The contact call of the Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo is a rolling metallic ‘kreee’ or ‘krurr’, usually given in flight.

Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Female
Female (from Queensland)

Where does it live? It is found over much of Australia, with five subspecies currently recognised. 

What are its habitats and habitats? Commonly found in scattered groups and in a variety of habitats, it favours lightly timbered country along watercourses.

Scientific name: Calyptorhynchus banksii

 

 

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