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The black cockatoo

There are three species of black cockatoo in Western Australia, all of them under threat of extinction!

Carnaby’s cockatoo

With its famous white tail and ‘wee-loo’ call, most people in Perth recognise this iconic species. They migrate back and forth from the Swan Coastal Plain where they feed during the summer, to the Wheatbelt where they breed in tree hollows during the winter. The only problem is, 90% of what is now the Wheatbelt used to be bushland, and this cockatoo is running out of places to breed and feed. Click here for more info and photos of this species.

Baudin’s cockatoo

One of the two ‘forest cockatoo’ species, this bird also has a white tail but its call is closer to a ‘witch-a’ sound. This species eats a wide variety of foods; including native seeds, nuts, fruits and grubs. Much to orchardist’s disgust, Baudin’s cockatoos have discovered fruit orchards to be an easy meal. Although it is illegal to shoot these threatened species ($10,000 fine per bird), it’s still common practice by farmers and even some suburbanites that do it for fun. Click here for more info on this species

Forest red tailed black cockatoo

A sub-species of the red tailed black cockatoo found all over Australia, this bird is only found in the forests of south-west Western Australia. Although the species as a whole is not under threat, each sub-species faces unique problems. In SW WA, land clearing for housing developments and feral animals (such as bees and rainbow lorikeets) taking over nesting hollows are playing a part in the decline of this bird. Click here for more info and photos of these iconic birds.

Declining Numbers

The alarming number of birds that have been lost over recent decades - especially in the WA areas - has been nothing short of alarming.  Each of the three sub-species (mentioned above) handled at our centre at Kaarakin is endangered to varying degree, Baudins most of all. Click here to read more about declining populations.

Orchardists Under Attack

Orchardists and black cockatoos - in fact at number of parrot species - have been increasingly at loggerheads in recent decades, with each desparately trying to provide for their own families (both cockatoos and farmers) and benefit from the fruits of orchards.  Unfortunately food shortages have made the birds less inclined to be shoo-ed away as their is precious little else for them to find to feed themselves and their young.  Read more here about this difficult conflict.

Conflict with Human Environments

Humans have systematically moved into areas and environments previously occupied by wildlife, and a range of bird species.  Theses areas have been their feeding, nesting and breeding sites as well as perches and sustaining large flocks in their territories.  However, the vast clearing and urban building within these areas have often come into conflict with the black cockatoos.  Roads, vehilcles, buildings, powerlines, vast areas of concrete and clearance of all vegetation have brought about some collision and loss in the flocks we knew in our childhoods.  Read here to find out more.

Meet our Black Cockatoos from Kaarakin