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Wallaroo Station Animal Fact Sheet
RED-TAILED BLACK COCKATOO
Calyptorhynchus banksii

Range:
Native to Australia, found in the the north, the far west, north-central New South Wales, and Tasmania.

The red-tailed black cockatoo can be found in flocks of over 1000. They are large, and the males have a deep red tail, whilst the females have a red-orange tail. Males are sooty black, while females have glossier feathers with golden flecks. Males have a dark grey bill, with the females' bill being lighter-colored.

Habitat: They live in open woodland, riparian woodland, savannah, mulga, mallee and rainforest. They prefer Eucalyptus woodland, but will occupy other types of forest.
Diet: They forage in the canopy of trees and mainly eat seeds, but also consume nuts, fruits, flowers, bulbs and insects.
Status: Not threatened, and fairly common.
Approximate Dimensions of Adult:

Weight: 570 to 870g.

Length: 55 to 63cm.

Lifespan: They can live over 100 years.
Reproduction & Offspring:

The red-tailed black cockatoo breeds from March to September in the north of Australia and from July to October in the west. It nests in hollow trees and dead trees. The nesting chamber is lined with chewed and decayed wood and requires tall trees as it is usually more than 15 meters off the ground. 1-2 eggs are laid, yet only one chick is raised.


 

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