Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

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The South Eastern Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo is the smallest of the five subspecies of Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo. This bird occurs as a single population in south-east South Australia and south-west Victoria. With an estimated population of just 1400 birds, they are in danger of extinction.

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The main threat to the survival of the Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo are the destruction of its nesting trees and food sources due to changed fire regimes.

The Government are burning Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo habitat as it can pose a risk to humans if a wildfire was to occur. However, this planned burning doesn’t take into consideration the Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo. The stringy bark eucalypt trees, that the birds rely on, are being damaged by the burning, which is resulting in less available suitable food for the birds.

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BirdLife Australia is calling on the Victorian Government to implement a planned burning system that is less harmful to birds' food trees and that supports their conservation.

 

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Photo credit: Dean Ingwersen, Andrew Silcox & Chris Tzaros