Email: tsnwa@wwf.org.au Ph: (08) 9405 5100 See our advice and support. Now they’re locally extinct in many parts of the central Wheatbelt. The cockatoos can live for 40 to 50 years in the wild. King Edward Terrace This project will also trial the effectiveness of nest boxes when hollows are not available for nesting. Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Threatened species & ecological communities, Threatened species and ecological communities publications, Listed species and ecological community permits, Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, Australian Threatened Species: Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo (PDF - 109.43 KB), Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo Recovery Project, Government of Western Australia, Department of Environment and Conservation, Threatened species and ecological communities, © Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Australian Threatened Species: Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris), Habitat fragmentation, particularly in the northern and eastern areas of the Wheatbelt. The cockatoos require a close association between breeding and feeding sites during the breeding season. The personality of the Carnaby's black cockatoo is as big as the bird itself. Both species are endangered and found only in Southwest Australia, and though they might live for 40-50 years, a large proportion of those birds that remain are past breeding age. The biggest threat to the Carnaby's black cockatoo is habitat loss in its rural and urban environments. They are gregarious birds and live in pairs or small flocks during the breeding season. Male Carnaby's Black-Cockatoos feed the female at her nest during the incubation period and fly over 12km to ensure she gets the food she needs during nesting, The cockatoos rarely use the same hollow to nest in if the breeding attempt the previous season was unsuccessful, The birds display strong bonds with their partners throughout their adult life, If two eggs are produced, the second egg is laid two to eight days after the first egg. But the question is, for how much longer? Measuring 53–58 cm (21–23 in) in length, it has a short crest on the top of its head. It lives only in southwest Australia where large-scale clearing for farming has fragmented much of its habitat, particularly mature eucalypts such as salmon gum and wandoo that have suitable hollows for nesting. Visit: Birds Australia, Western Australia, Project Manager, 0427 707 047 This would not be possible without financial support from our community. Much woodland lacks hollows, and it takes over 100 years for woodland seedlings to mature and form hollows suitable for nesting, Competition for hollows from other species, Loss of native food sources caused by urban development on the Swan coastal plain, Poaching: illegal poaching is still a threat - trees are often cut down or the hollow severely damaged when young and eggs are taken, removing breeding sites. They both live only in the Southwest Australia Ecoregion. These recovery actions include protection of existing breeding and feeding sites, revegetation, the development of corridors between breeding and feeding sites, repair of old and damaged hollows and control of competitor species, such as feral bees. Their food is found in shrubland, or kwongan heath. A… Populations have more than halved in the past 45 years and the Carnaby's cockatoo is now locally extinct in many parts of the central Wheatbelt, largely due to the loss and fragmentation of its habitat. Removal of nest hollows for use as firewood or just to make properties look 'tidy'. The entire population is believed to have halved. Much woodl… We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. To obtain a copy of the Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo Recovery Plan, contact: Government of Western Australia, Department of Environment and Conservation In fact, Carnaby's black cockatoos are losing the habitats where they breed and feed at an alarming rate. GPO Box 858 Help those who can't ask for your help. Canberra ACT 2601 It is difficult to know how many Carnaby's Black-Cockatoos are left, but it is known that their populations have declined by over 50% in the past 45 years, and that they no longer breed in up to a third of their former breeding sites in the Wheatbelt. Doting partners and a busy social life are just some of the "amazing" traits of the endangered Carnaby's Black-Cockatoos. Invasive species: other bird species such as the Galah and the Western Long-billed Corella are extending their range in the Wheatbelt and are competing with and excluding Carnaby's Black-Cockatoos from traditional nest hollows. WWF is working hard to protect and restore the breeding and feeding habitat of the Carnaby’s black cockatoo. Playful and seemingly always hungry, it breeds in large tree hollows in the Wheatbelt of WA in winter and moves to the Swan Coastal Plain to feed on native seeds and insect larvae for much of the year. This stunning bird is one of just two species of white-tailed black cockatoo found on Earth – the other is the Baudin’s cockatoo. Thank you for your enquiry. Both species are endangered and found only in Southwest Australia, and though they might live for 40-50 years, a large proportion of those birds that remain are past breeding age. Large-scale clearing for agriculture in the Western Australian Wheatbelt has removed or fragmented much of the bird's breeding habitat, and ongoing clearing for urban development on the Swan Coastal Plain is greatly reducing the extent of its feeding habitat. Parkes ACT 2600 Carnaby's Black-Cockatoos feed on the seeds of a variety of native and introduced plant species and on insect larvae. For more information on how you can help the Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo, see Birds Australia's Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo Recovery Project, Birds Australia When these older birds die, there will be very few younger birds to take their place. After breeding, the cockatoos move to higher rainfall areas along the coast in search of food sources such as banksia and hakea heathlands. Share this page with your friends and family to help endangered animals even more.