Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus banksii

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 whitich bill. The Glossy Black-Cockatoo C. lathami (see p. ???) 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. Commonly found in scattered groups and in a variety of habitats, it favours lightly timbered country along watercourses over much of Australia. Five subspecies are currently recognised.