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Glossy Black-Cockatoo 1 (Calyptorhynchus lathami, Cacatuidae: Cockatoos and Corellas) central NSW, Australia [cockatoo birds]



The Glossy Black Cockatoo is an uncommon cockatoo endemic to eastern Australia from coastal central Queensland to far-eastern Victoria. An isolated population is also present on Kangaroo Island, off South Australia. In NSW it ranges into the centre of the state. It is a highly specialized feeder, living on the tiny seed of the rock-hard fruit of She-Oaks (Allocasuarina spp.) which it cracks open with its massive beak.

The birds filmed here are part of a population that live in the Pilliga scrub; a large area of native forest in central NSW. During the day they range widely in family groups - male, female and sometimes a single juvenile with them. They are winter breeders and this being late spring the offspring are fully fledged but have a lot to learn in order to fullfill their potentially very long life. In the evening they often congregate at various dams in the forest (mostly dug and maintained to provide water for fire-fighting operations) to drink and socialise, as seen here. Dark-headed birds with a solid red tail panel are adult males, females have yellow flecking about the head. Young ones have a barred more orange tail panel, also they are demanding attention from their parents. The special sight and sound of an uncommon bird.

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