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Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus funereus


The yellow-tailed black cockatoo is a large cockatoo native to the south-east of Australia measuring 55–65 cm in length. It has a short crest on the top of its head. Its plumage is mostly brownish black and it has prominent yellow cheek patches and a yellow tail band


I was thrilled to get a rare visit of three Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos in my backyard this morning. They landed in a Pine tree in my yard.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 months ago

I often see black cockatoos when I'm out bushwalking away from the city, and usually in rugged and heavily-wooded areas. I don't know if they're yellow tails or not. As always, they are heard before seen anyway, if you can get close enough to see them at all, but to spot them in your own yard? That's GOLD!!

JamesPriest2 7 months ago

This is only the second time I've seen them in my yard. They are not very common sadly so it was so awesome for them to stop and hang around for about 15 minutes. It was a male and female with a Juvenile which was squawking all the time for food :-)

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 7 months ago

Great spotting

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 months ago

Lucky you, James. How wonderful to have such visitors. They are feeding on pine cones? I have a flock of little corellas hitting a number of trees in my yard. They particularly like the small nuts on conifers, and they buried my car with their debris!

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Sydney, NSW, Australia

Lat: -33.78, Long: 150.78

Spotted on Jan 3, 2019
Submitted on Jan 3, 2019

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