The Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

At AdelaideVet, we are proud to sponsor the Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo at the Adelaide Zoo.

 

The Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo is a large cockatoo that is easily depicted visually by its colouring. The males are a beautiful dark black colour with vivid red tail panels. The females have yellow spots around the head, neck and wings. The chest of the females starts out as yellow spots in amongst the black feathers that slowly change to orange as it works its way down to the tail.

The Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos’ habitat can vary from grasslands, scrublands, floodplains, and wetlands to the tall open forests; which they prefer.

These birds are more predominant in the northern parts of Australia and Western Australia. They are not common in South Australia. However, you may have seen a similar species the Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos around the Adelaide hills, near the Mount Lofty Ranges. Sometimes they are in groups of two or more and other times they can be in flocks of up to 200.

They make their nests in the hollows of trees often with wood chips and debris. One to two eggs are laid, but often it is only one that survives to be able to leave the nest. Their lifespan can vary from 25-50 years, depending on whether they are in captivity or the wild.

The diet for the Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo consists of breaking open seedpods from eucalyptus, banksias and casuarina trees. They use their sharp/ strong beaks to pry open the pods to get to the seeds. They also like to eat larvae of insects that they can get from tearing the bark off trees to expose the grubs underneath.

You can adopt this beautiful bird too, as well as many other amazing animals! Check it out here.

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