Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo

07th May 2017
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Calyptorhynchus funereus (55 to 65cm)

The far-carrying, loud squealing calls of this large, lanky Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo often draw attention to its presence. In flight it appears leisurely with deep wing beats, wheeling among the treetops.

Usually observed in pairs or small parties, in woodland and coastal scrub, it sometimes travels long distances over farmland and is regularly seen in Nungurner.

Feeding mainly on seeds of hakea, banksia and exotic pines it also rips open limbs of black wattle to extract wood-boring grubs. It is dependent on old large forest trees for nest hollows.

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