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Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus funereus


At last they visit our back yard and drink from our bird bath. Large (600mm) and handsome black cockatoos with patches of sulphur yellow on their cheeks and under the tail. This was a family visit - one adult male, one adult female and one annoying youngster which was still making those pathetic 'feed me' sounds. Love it.


Suburban back yard in hilly outer suburbs.


Right on dusk so pics aren't too clear. They usually live in the forests at the back of our hill (1 km away). Are they venturing further because of drought and/or food?
Distribution http://spatial.ala.org.au/?q=lsid:%22urn...

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armadeus.4 4 years ago

Oh my, they are handsome birds indeed. I have the red-tailed variety up my way! Thank you for sharing Mark :)

CharliePrice 4 years ago

How awesome they have come in for a drink :) ...there is quiet a large group 12-15 near where i work , as is there an entire pine tree lined area...and they make so MUCH noise , munching and crunching ..i never get a lunch break to go and get a picture and they are gone by the time i finish late.

James McNair
James McNair 4 years ago

Startling bird, I had no idea they came in black!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Thanks KD. I wish it had been brighter at the time - a little movie of them at the bath would have been nice. Sorry about your rains. We're about the same. It's bizarre how the falls have been spread across the country over the past 6 months. Esperance over 400% Broken Hill at 0%.

kdpicturemaker 5 years ago

The Yellow-tails have just started making their presence known here - finally. Must be rain coming - we need it - or a big change. Lots of noise & activity. Glossies also very active & noisy. I've missed this over past year or more. Nice pics Mark & in the bird bath too!!!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Thanks Martin. They have always cruised along the ridge road above us but never dropped in before. I love what they do to the Pinus radiata cones. They've become real experts with those.

MartinL 5 years ago

Nice story Mark. Some of the cockatoos and larger parrots enter the outer suburbs and its an annoyance we happily tolerate. These would sometimes come to ravage the hakeas at my last house.

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.90, Long: 145.31

Spotted on Mar 20, 2014
Submitted on Mar 20, 2014

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