Clever Red Tailed Black Cockatoo

Red tailed black cockatoo

Red Tailed Black Cockatoo is a very distinctive bird that we always enjoy watching in its natural inhabitant.

The one feature that let you recognize it without a doubt is their scarlet or red panels underneath their tail especially visible in males. Females have yellow spots on the head, neck or wings and orange barring on the breast and under the tail.

They can be really noisy with a voice like a drawn-out trumpet: ‘kree’ that sounds like a rusty windmill.

Red Tailed Black Cockatoo can be found all around Australia in different regions occurring in discrete populations. Most commonly you can find them in most of Queensland, Cape York, Kakadu National Park, Kimberley, Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria.

There are five subspecies of the red tailed black cockatoo. The south-eastern cockatoo is only found in south-east South Australia and south-west Victoria. With only 1500 birds of this subspecies, they are endangered of extinction. To find out more information or help as a volunteer in a bird counting events visit Red Tail website.

We often see red black tail cockatoos feeding in large groups. Sometimes they fly or sit on a tree in pairs or trio.

We had a close encounter with this bird in the Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas which is one of the best places to see many bird species. You can actually hold the bird and take a a great photo.

Where spotted: Kimberley, Pilbara, Kakadu National Park

Red Tailed Black Cockatoo - more information

Share this article

Share on facebook
Share on pinterest
Share on twitter
Share on reddit
Share on mix
Share on linkedin

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related articles