Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

The Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii) is also known as the Bank’s Black Cockatoo. It is a large bird, a parrot, native to Australia.

The Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo has all black feathers with a pair of bright red bars on its tail. It has a large crest on its head. It has brown eyes with a black eye-ring. Its beak and legs are dark-grey. It has three toes: two toes facing forward and one toe facing backward. It can stand on one foot and hold food in the other foot. Research has found that it is predominantly left-footed (as are most parrots).

Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

It can grow to about 60 centimetres (24 inches) tall.

The Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo is found in dry eucalyptus woodlands, near water, and dense tropical forests.

It is diurnal, active during the day.

It is arboreal (living in trees), but when it feeds, it will look for eucalyptus seeds on the ground, as well as other grains and nuts.

They are often seen in large flocks of up to 500 individuals, and can be very noisy.

The Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo makes a nest in a hollow in a tall tree. The pair may use the same tree for many years. Females lay 1-2 white eggs,

It can live up to 45 years.

Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

 

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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