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Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo

A pair of Carnaby's Black-Cockatoos feeding amongst leaves of a tree

Scientific Name: Zanda latirostris

Size: 54-56 cm

What does it look like?

Also known as the Short-billed Black-Cockatoo, the Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo is easily confused with the Baudin’s (or Long-billed) Black-Cockatoo Zanda baudinii, which has a longer upper mandible, although this can often be partially obscured by feathers. Both are large black cockatoos with a white cheek patch and white panels in the tail. The male of both species has a pinkish eye-ring. 

Where is it found?

It is endemic to south-western Western Australia. 

What are its habitats & habits?

The Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo is regarded as endangered, due to its low numbers and loss of large areas of feeding and breeding habitat. It prefers woodlands, shrublands and heaths and feeds on seeds of hakeas, eucalypts, she-oaks and pines, but will also enter commercial orchards to feed on fruits and nuts. It nests in tree hollows, and two eggs are laid in a clutch. 

Interesting facts

Pairs form lifelong bonds.

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