Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo

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Habitat: Woodland, Urban, Forest

Habitat

Baudin’s Black-Cockatoos have a preference for Jarrah and Marri forests. They breed in large hollows of old Karri and Marri within heavily forested areas

Behaviour

Baudin’s Black-cockatoos are social birds, and while you sometimes see individual birds, they are more often in pairs, small groups, or large flocks. With their loud calls, flocks can be heard well before they are seen.

Cockatoos may move along a branch, biting off cones or seeds and green branches for no clear reason.

Feeding

Black-cockatoos eat a variety of native and commercial nuts, fruits, and seeds, as well as nectar and insects.

They feed in trees. They cut off seeds and cones with their strong bills and then hold the food with one foot while they strip the seeds. They sometimes forage in pine trees and orchards. Occasionally, they forage on the ground.

Breeding

Tree hollows vital for cockatoos to breed in are being lost to fire, taken over by feral bees and other invasive species, and are not being replaced in the landscape. Their breeding season is from late July to October.