A small dark grey cockatoo with a short tail and white edges on the wings. The males have a bright red head with a dark grey body whilst the females have a dark grey head and yellow-tinted belly feathers.
Southern Victoria through Southern and Central Eastern NSW
20 - 50 years
Weight 200-350g, 32-37cm in length and wingspan of 62-76cm.
Seeds from trees/shrubs, usually eucalyptus or wattle. As well as insect larvae, they are known to forage in the tree canopy. They have adapted to cracking open hard-shelled nuts using their powerful beaks.
Commonly found in alpine bushland, may also be found feeding in urban parks or gardens. They are social birds found in small groups or pairs.
They will pair for life and usually start breeding at 4 - 5 years old. They are found to nest within the hollows of tall trees with 2 - 3 eggs at a time.