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Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo

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MalePhoto © by Peter Day Springs Rd Nature Reserve, Adelaide, South Australia, December 2013
Photo © by Peter Day
Springs Rd Nature Reserve, Adelaide, South Australia, December 2013
Calyptorhynchus funereus


[edit] Identification

FemalePhoto © by Hans&Judy BesteTaromeo, S.E. Queensland, October 2018
Photo © by Hans&Judy Beste
Taromeo, S.E. Queensland, October 2018

55-60 cm (21½-23½ in)

  • Black overall plumage with paler feather-margins on upperparts
  • Buff feather edges on wing-coverts
  • Pale yellow patches in the tail


  • Black bill
  • Yellow patch ear coverts
  • Reddish eye-ring

Females and immatures: grey eye-ring, light-coloured bill, brighter, more clearly-defined yellow cheek-patch.

[edit] Distribution

Australia: found from Queensland along the coast to Victoria and eastern South Australia, and in addition Tasmania and islands in Bass Strait.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Three subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • C. f. funereus:
  • C. f. whiteae:
  • South East Australia (southern Victoria to Eyre Peninsula) and Kangaroo Island
  • C. f. xanthanotus:

[edit] Habitat

Woodland, plantations and urban areas.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of seeds of native trees and pine cones, also insects and the larvae of tree-boring beetles and moths.

[edit] Breeding

The pair construct the nest, which is a large tree hollow, lined with wood chips. The clutch consists of 1-2 eggs which are incubated by the female, while the male supplies the food. A single chick survives, and is cared for for six months.

[edit] Vocalisation

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kee-ahh call
Recorded by Azzy March 2009 at Hale Conservation Park, South Australia.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2016)
  3. Beauty of Birds

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