Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo

21 November, 2010

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Image: Discovery Centre Enquirer
Source: Discovery Centre Enquirer

Question: I have discovered some parrots gnawing away at the smaller branches of the eucalyptus tree growing in my back yard in Footscray, what are they and what are they doing?

Answer: They are Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Calyptorhynchus funereus. These birds visit Melbourne each year coming from the higher hinterlands. They feed on pine cones and also take large boring grubs from trees such as the eucalypts. It seems that this is what they were feeding on in this instance. The health of the tree is not governed by the presence of boring wood grubs, these occur in many trees that live for lengthy periods.

 

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Irena morison 14 July, 2016 17:26
Hello. Today 14 July 2016 i saw 4 yellow tailed black cockatoos in pine tree in my backyard. I live in Carnegie 3163 so was quite surprised and thrilled. Is this usual.
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