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Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus banksii


The Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii), also known as Banksian- or Banks' Black Cockatoo, is a large cockatoo native to Australia. The species was known as Calyptorhynchus magnificus for many decades until the current scientific name was officially conserved in 1994. It is more common in the drier parts of the continent. Five subspecies are recognised, differing most significantly in beak size. Although the more northerly subspecies are widespread, the two southern subspecies, the Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo and the South-eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo are under threat. Adult Red-tailed Black Cockatoos are around 60 centimetres (24 in) in length and sexually dimorphic. Males are completely black in colour, excepting their prominent red tail bands; the slightly smaller females are black with yellow barring on their chest, yellow grading to red spots over their crest, cheeks and wings and yellow-orange tail stripes. - Wikipedia


The species is usually found in eucalyptus woodlands, or along water courses. In the more northerly parts of the country, these cockatoos are commonly seen in large flocks. They are seed eaters and cavity nesters, and as such depend on trees with fairly large diameters, generally Eucalyptus. Populations in southeastern Australia are threatened by reduction in forest cover and other habitat alterations. Of the black cockatoos, the red-tailed is the most adaptable to aviculture,[2] although black cockatoos are much rarer and much more expensive outside Australia. - Wikipedia There were 6 in this flock, spotted in bushland near my home. I heard their 'creeee creeee' call before I actually saw them.

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maplemoth662 3 years ago

Each photo, is a masterpiece, of beauty and are an artist, with a camera....

maplemoth662 3 years ago

Four, very beautiful photos....

LeanneGardner 7 years ago

Thank you very much venusflytrap2000. They are a spectacular sight in the sky.

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

@Leanne this is an absolutely gorgeous bird and a wonderful spotting! great job and thanks for sharing!

ShannaB 9 years ago

I heard some yellow-tailed black cockatoos out the back of our place last week. I actually managed to get really close to one, about 5 metres away, but it was so well hidden in foliage that I couldn't get a shot. I hope they come back!

LeanneGardner 9 years ago

Thank you all for the lovely comments! I@Lori, it must be something to do with Aussie wildlife, I watched an emu try to pick my Dads wallet from his pocket when I was a little girl :)

LeanneGardner 9 years ago

Thank you Carol!

CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

WOW! Congratulations on this wonderful series and great clear photos! And the research information is excellent!

PonVignesh 9 years ago

nice one

lori.tas 9 years ago

I saw some youngsters once, at a bird sanctuary. They had even more red speckling than the adults (and they tried to steal my glasses).

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Awesome spotting and details!

Jeannette 9 years ago

Beautiful spotting Leanne :)

LeanneGardner 9 years ago

Thanks Argybee :) Yes, I heard them before I saw them.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Great work! Magnificent birds - love their calls.

LeanneGardner 9 years ago

Thank you Stian :)

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 9 years ago

Wow, fantastic pictures Leanne!

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Mackay, QLD, Australia

Spotted on Sep 4, 2012
Submitted on Sep 4, 2012

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