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Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
Calyptorhynchus banksii

Red-tailed black cockatoos are easily identified by bright red feathers on the under-side of their tails. The tail of the female red-tailed black cockatoo has black bars on the red patches and the head has yellow spots. Males are black all over, with distinct red tail feathers (as pictured above). There are four subspecies of red-tailed black cockatoos found all around Australia. Calyptorhynchus banksii macrorhynchus, Calyptorhynchus banksii naso, Calyptorhynchus banksii graptogyne, Calyptorhynchus banksii samueli ( distinct from previous classification- Calyptorhynchus banksii escondidus). These birds are found on the coasts of Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland and found inland of each state.

Cockatoo communication- Cockatoos communicate using vocalisations and body language, often raising their crests in greeting, excitement or alarm.

Family birds-
 Red-tailed black cockatoos are often seen flying in small flocks, although flocks of up to 200 birds have been sighted in northern Australia. These flocks consist of pairs, family groups, or parties of several family groups. Red-tailed black cockatoos and many other cockatoo species tend to have nesting hollows in eucalyptus trees.

What’s on the menu?-
 Red-tailed black cockatoos primarily feed high in treetops on eucalyptus seeds, nuts, fruit and occasionally insect larvae.

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