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Wallaroo Station Animal Fact Sheet
WHITE-TAILED BLACK COCKATOO (CARNABY'S)
Calyptorhynchus latirostris

Range:
Endemic to Southwest Australia.

The Carnaby's Black Cockatoo (also known as the Short-billed Black-Cockatoo) has white tail panels, white cheek patches and a short bill. It is found only in southwest Australia where large-scale clearing for farming has fragmented much of its habitat.

Habitat: Eucalypt woodlands.
Diet: They feed on seeds of a variety of native and introduced plant species and on insect larvae. They have also adapted to feeding on exotic species such as pines and cape lilac and some weeds such as wild radish and wild geranium.
Status: Endangered.
Approximate Dimensions of Adult:

Weight: 540-760g (19.0-26.6 oz).

Length: 55-60cm (21.5-23.4 in).

Lifespan: 50 - 60 years.
Reproduction & Offspring:

Birds are mature at 4-7 years. One or two eggs are laid in wood-chip lined tree hollows in July to October. It takes 29 days for the eggs to hatch, during which the female stays with them, relying on the male to bring her food. Often only one chick will hatch, and the female stays with it for the next 10 days. After this, both parents bring back food for the chick until it is old enough to look after itself.


 

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