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Yellow-tailed black cockatoo

The yellow-tailed black cockatoo is one of the largest species of parrot. With dusty-black plumage, they have a yellow tail and cheek patch. They’re easily spotted while bird watching, as they feed on seeds in native forests and pine plantations.

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One of the largest of the native parrots, the yellow-tailed black cockatoo is found across south-east Australia from the Eyre peninsular, through to eastern NSW and central eastern Queensland. With larrikin antics and a screeching ‘kee-ow’ call like a rusty gate, they’re a bird watching favourite. Yellow-tailed black cockatoos have mostly dusty-black plumage with a yellow-banded tail and a distinctive yellow cheek patch, which is smaller in males.

These uniquely Australian birds are often spotted in small family groups in native forests, heathland and pine plantations, where they feed on wood-boring larvae and seeds. They tend to congregate in larger flocks during the breeding season, from March to August.

The yellow-tailed black-cockatoo is one of 6 species of black cockatoo in Australia.

Animal facts

Common name
Yellow-tailed black cockatoo
Scientific name
Calyptorhynchus funereus
Conservation status in NSW
Protected

Parks in which this animal is found

Banksia flower. Photo:John Yurasek