Glossy Black Cockatoo

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Glossy Black Cockatoo
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Rare and Endangered Animals

The Glossy Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami) is a very socialable species, usually seen in family groups of up to 10 birds.

Locally nomadic, small flocks roam in search of feeding areas and roost communally. It has mainly dull black plummage sometimes tinged brown. Females have irregular yellow patches around the head and neck. Both males and females have red/orange panels on the tail. Glossy Blacks are different to Red-tailed Black Cockatoos which have a conspicuous crest.

These birds feed exclusively on seeds extracted from the wooded cones of Allocasuarina/Casuarina plant species found in eucalypt woodlands and forests.