How to manage an injured Black Cockatoo and who to call ....

Found or collided with a bird(s) but cannot stop

It is imperative that injured birds get help ASAP (as many flocks are being hit by seed trucks) especially on Chester Pass Road between Borden and Bakers Junction/or the Porongurup turn off.

If you see an injured bird/s or collide with one (or a flock) and cannot stop PLEASE contact one of the carers below and they can go and check if their are birds that can be rescued.  They will need a rough location. Thank you!

Managing an injured bird

Injured cockatoos can sometimes be rehabilitated and returned to the wild (and as they are endangered every effort is made to assist them, including sending them to Perth zoo for surgery when needed). If you find an injured cockatoo, only attempt to rescue it if it’s safe to do so. Injured cockatoos are in shock and may be aggressive and capable of giving a severe bite or scratch.

Cover the injured bird using a large towel, making sure the head is covered. Carefully pick the bird up and place it gently in a secure cardboard box or pet carrier with a second towel lining the bottom. Close the lid or cover the box with a towel and move it to a quiet, dark location. Do not attempt to feed the injured bird.


Who to Call

 In the Great Southern

Albany and the Great Southern: "Born Free" Wildlife Carers:  0427 772 312

Mt Barker: "Dreamers Dream" Wildlife Rehabilitation - Pauline: 0407 079 948 or Kevin 0428 512 840

Mt Barker Vet: 08 9851 1177 (leave a message they will call back)

Young Siding Vet:  08 9845 2245 (leave a message they will call back)

There could be more, but these are the main ones we know of specifically for Birds/ Cockatoos.



Wildcare Helpline on (08) 9474 9055. 

Call Kaarakin on (08) 9390 2288.The Black-Cockatoo Conservation Centre (Kaarakin) in Perth also offers a 24/7 rescue service for any injured black-cockatoos and will take them to Perth Zoo if surgery is required.


What happens next: The carer will take the bird off your hands for care, or advise you to take them to the vet and the vet and wildlife carer will "take it from there". If surgery is required that cannot be performed locally, the birds will be flow to Perth by the Department of Parks and Wildlife and taken to Perth Zoo for surgery. Their recovery will then take place at Karrakin and I believe they would be released with other birds they have formed a flock with whilst in rehab' (assuming they recover well enough to be returned to the wild).


Dead cockatoos are surprisingly useful for research and all cockatoo bodies should be collected where possible. If you find one or more dead cockatoos, please contact Perth Zoo on (08) 9474 0404 (8am–5pm, 7 days). Attach a label to the foot with details of the date and location found and the name of the collector. Place the specimen in a plastic bag. If you can transport it to the Zoo within 72 hours, refrigerate the body, but if storing it for more than 72 hours, put the dead cockatoo in the freezer.


If you are not in Perth, it is possible someone may come to recover the body from Perth (I know this has occurred for us when we found a dead possum in Albany, I am not sure if the same level of interest applies to Black Cockatoos).