Capricorn Coast Birds
   
     
 
  Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
Calyptorhynchus banksii
Size about 60cm
 
 
These large birds are widespread and abundant across much of northern and western Australia and in parts of N.S.W. and western Victoria, although in the last two areas they are less common and under threat through habitat destruction. On the Capricorn Coast they are quite commonly seen feeding in parks along our beaches.
 
     
     
 
Male   Female
     
 
Juveniles resemble females until puberty but have paler yellow barred underparts, as the birds reach maturity males gradually replace their yellow tail feathers with red ones; the complete process takes around four years.
 
     
     
 
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo are seed eaters feeding on a broad range of native trees such as Eucalypts, Casuarinas and Banksias, here their favourites seem to be Pines, She-oaks and Beach Almonds, the female above is eating a Beach Almond kernel. In the photo you can clearly see the cockatoos use of its beak, foot and tongue when eating the fruit, it's very similar to the way we hold and eat an ice cream and is a common feeding technique in Parrots and Cockatoos.
 
     
   
  A male putting on a bit of a show for me  
     
 
Male in flight   Female in flight
     
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