What can you do?
Spread the word, just because we see Black Cockatoos, doesn't mean there are many.
You may just be seeing the same flock and they may not be breeding anymore
(due to age, or lack of available nesting hollows).
'Noongars believed that Karrak the red-tailed black cockatoo acquired its red tail markings on the tail from Ngo-lak the white tailed carnaby's cockatoo.
Tradition says that Ngo-lak was trying to defend a dingo which was attacking Chitty Chitty the willy wagtail.
Mulal the swamp hen was feeding at the time on a sedge, the roots of which ooze red sap, and he cut a reed and struck Ngo-lak across his back.
When Ngo-lak spread his tail to defend his back, Mulal threw lumps of red sap at his tail.
Ngo-lak became so hoarse from screaming that he could only vocalize "karrak" instead of the carnabys' call of "wola" and turned into Karrak, the red-tailed black cockatoo'.
Except from the Sydney Morning Herald Article: Ancient tales of Perth's fascinating birds.
Forest Red Tail Black Cockatoo
Calyptorhynchus banksii naso
Karrak (Noongar name)
Male: solid red and black tail feather
Female: yellow spots on face, neck and wings and striped on the chest and yellow to red stripes on tail (you can see the female tail feathers in the top image).
The Juveniles in all species looks similar to a female till they mature at about age 3.
(L) Carnaby & (R) Baudin White Tail Black Cockatoo
Zanda latirostris & Zanda baudinii
Ngoolark (Noongar name for both I believe).
This link gives appearance, call samples, areas they live in, general food info' for the 3 Types of Black Cockatoos etc.
(White tails : Baudin & Carnaby's and the Forest Red tail). (* Link provided by Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Recovery.)
Table from Bird Life Australia's 14 page PDF article "Black Cockatoo Guidelines 2019" please see link for EXTENSIVE info.
Some "Smaller" food plants
Red Tail's: Silver Princess, Western Sheoak
White Tails: Slender Banksia, Harsh Hakea, Honey Bush etc
ALL: Pincushion Hakea (red tails have been reported feeding on these too).
Please see the chart & other links etc for further ideas.
Important: Try and plant food trees together/ near existing feeding spots and habitat to most effectively feed of feathered friends.
A 2 Page PDF regarding Food Planting from Bird Life Australia "Choosing for Black Cockatoos"
Banksias and other plants can be Phosphorous sensitive, please check this link for detailed information
"cut" you make as being like a cut on your skin, you need to sterilise the equipment between cuts, even on the same tree, to prevent spreading disease. (I have been told Tea tree oil is good to use for fungal issues, I do not know the dilution ratio, please do your own research and never wipe it on the "wound" of the tree (unless advised) it is just for disinfecting the equipment between cuts.
Tips for Reducing stress: leave the tree "alone" as much as possible, no pesticides, plant tress away from walk ways/ traffic if possible (it appears that with Marri Canker, the trees not "exposed" to human interference, were usually the healthier ones).
If you want help with treating a tree or any arborist service we highly recommend! Ecological Tree Service
Ron Johnstone~ Curator of Ornithology/ Terrestrial Zoology at the Museum of Western Australian.
Baudin's and Carnaby's Cockatoos are listed as endangered, and the Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo as threatened. All have suffered a substantial loss of habitat and a decline in numbers. Baudin's Cockatoo faces the paradox of being listed as endangered and declared as an agricultural pest to commercial orchards which is a challenging plight indeed.
Join Ron Johnstone as he examines the causes of this decline and how the conservation of Baudin's Cockatoo in particular provides us with a great challenge for the future. This lecture was recorded at the WA Museum – Albany on 24 June 2010.
Tree hollows = a place to Nest.....
No hollows = no nesting = no birds....
it is that simple.
Currently there is competition with hollows (other bird species, other Black Cockatoos and feral bees) so breeding is reducing. If you have a place where Cockatoos come to breed installing an artificial nest hollow can be a wonderful contribution to their continued survival.
This video is not based in WA (and therefor shows a different subspecies), however it does show that magic of Red Tail Black Cockatoos and the joy of a fledglings first flight.
You can also hear the distinct sound that the juveniles make (in all Red Tail Black Cockatoos), so if you see a local flock and hear this sound you will know there is a young one amongst them, enjoy....
We will also be donating 10% or more from all photography sold to these places.
The different types of Black Cockatoos, their location, habitat, protecting & growing their bush, adaption, re-vegetation, watering holes needs, nesting hollows/boxes, what to do with an injured animal (also shown on this page), why to record sighting etc