Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo

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Habitat: Woodland, Forest, Urban

Habitat

As the name suggests, the Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo is a forest-dwelling bird, preferring Jarrah, Marri and Sheoak.

Behaviour

Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos are generally seen in small family groups. In recent years they have been seen more frequently in the Perth metropolitan area, as they move into the suburbs to take advantage of exotic street tree species such as Cape Lilac (Melia azedarach).

Feeding

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

Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos use their wide bill to extract seeds as Carnaby’s do, but their wider bills leave long, flat marks on Marri fruit. They shred the fruit to a greater extent.

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.

The population of this cockatoo has declined because of habitat degradation. Trees with suitable breeding hollows are rapidly being cleared and are in short supply.