Calyptorhynchus banksii

Description

The Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo is mostly glossy black and has an erectile crest which forms an obvious helmet when raised and pushed forward. The male is glossy black with bright red panels in its tail. The female has yellow spots on head, neck and wings. Her underbody is barred a pale orange-yellow and her tail has orange-yellow panels, barred black. This cockatoo is also called the Banksian, Black, Great-billed or Red-tailed Cockatoo or Banks’ Black-Cockatoo.

Size

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo is approximately 60cm in length when adult. They weigh upwards of 600g; some of the males may weigh as much as 900g.

Food

Red-tailed Black Cockatoos eat seeds, mainly Eucalyptus seeds, but also nuts, berries, fruits and some insects.

Habitat

Inhabits eucalyptus woodlands near water but may also be found in thick eucalyptus forest, rainforest and other areas. They may be seen in large flocks, especially in the north of the country.

Distribution

They are found around most of Australia but more typically in the drier areas of the continent.

Oakvale Distribution Maps png Redtailed Cockatoo

Breeding

Red-tailed Black Cockatoos breed all year round if conditions are favourable. They build nests in hollows in trees, usually Eucalyptus and make a nest of woodchips at the base of the hollow. A female will lay one egg and the mother takes responsibility for incubating the egg while her mate provides food for her. The incubation period is about 30 days.