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Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo

(Calyptorhynchus banksii)
Alternate name(s): "Banks's Black Cockatoo", "Banksian Black Cockatoo"
Aboriginal name(s): "wyralla", "anulka", "yarbi" (WA);
Race "banksii": "pachang" [pakanh], "inhulg" [uw oykangand], "anhulg" [uw olkola]
Race "naso": "karak" [noongar]
Race "samueli": "dirandi" (WA), "iranti" [pitjantjatjara]
Race "macrorhynchus": "ngarnarrh", "karnamarr-to" [gunwinggu]
Race "graptogyne": "treen" [bungandidj]

Size: 50-65 cm
Weight: 670-920 g (male), 615-870 g (female)

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Red-tailed Black Cockatoo at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "banksii"

ADULT

MALE

Near-frontal view of a male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (photo courtesy of L. Tonnochy)
[Near Townsville, QLD, May 2012]

Lateral view of a male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (photo courtesy of L. Tonnochy)
[Near Townsville, QLD, May 2012]

Lateral/ventral view of a male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Taylors Beach, near Ingham, QLD, November 2021]

Lateral view of a male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo diving off its perch (photo courtesy of L. Tonnochy)
[Near Townsville, QLD, May 2012]

Lateral view onto the back of a male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, showing its upperwings (photo courtesy of L. Tonnochy)
[Near Townsville, QLD, May 2012]

Male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo calling in-flight (photo courtesy of L. Tonnochy)
[Near Townsville, QLD, May 2012]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo looking sideways (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Atherton Tablelands, QLD, May 2022]

Near-lateral view of a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Atherton Tablelands, QLD, May 2022]

Near-lateral/ventral view of a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Croydon, QLD, September 2019]

Lateral portrait of a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Croydon, QLD, September 2019]

Lateral view of a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo; note the whitish bill, the speckles and the barred pattern on the tail
(photo courtesy of A. Campbell)
[Mount McEuen, QLD, December 2016]

Lateral view of a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo munching on a seed cone (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Taylors Beach, near Ingham, QLD, November 2021]

Near-dorsal view of a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, centre, flanked by two males
(photo courtesy of A. Campbell)
[Mount McEuen, QLD, December 2016]

PAIR

Frontal view of a pair of Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos; male on the left, female on the right (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Cobbold Gorge, QLD, July 2016]

Dorsal view of a pair of Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos trying to balance on the highest tips of a tree; male on the left, female on the right (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Mareeba, QLD, August 2020]

Dorsal view of two pairs of Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Atherton Tablelands, QLD, May 2022]

Sex unknown

Mob of Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos feeding on the ground (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Windorah, QLD, August 2022]

Closer look at Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos feeding on the ground (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Windorah, QLD, August 2022]

Race "macrorhynchus"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (photo courtesy of S. Kirkby)
[Near Darwin, NT, June 2011]

Near-lateral view of a male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo feasting on roasted nuts, in an area where parts were still smouldering after a bush fire (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kakadu NP, NT, June 2023]

Lateral view of a male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Marrakai track, Top End, NT, August 2018]

Dorsal view of a male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Keep River NP, NT, July 2020]

Dorsal view of a male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Darwin, NT, July 2013]

FEMALE

Near-lateral view of a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo looking towards the observer (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Marrakai track, Top End, NT, August 2018]

Near-lateral view of a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo feasting on roasted nuts, in an area where parts were still smouldering after a bush fire (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kakadu NP, NT, June 2023]

Lateral view of a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Marrakai track, Top End, NT, August 2018]

Dorsal view of a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Marrakai track, Top End, NT, August 2018]

Ventral view of a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (photo courtesy of S. Kirkby)
[Near Darwin, NT, June 2011]

Race "samueli"

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ADULT

MALE

Close-up frontal view of a male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo
[Walgett, NSW, October 2010]

Close-up lateral view of a male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo
[Brewarrina, NSW, September 2012]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo
[Walgett, NSW, October 2010]

Close-up near-frontal view of a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo
[Bourke, NSW, September 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo looking backwards
[Bourke, NSW, September 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo
[Brewarrina, NSW, September 2012]

Lateral view of a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo in gliding flight
[Walgett, NSW, October 2010]

Near-lateral view of a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo in flight
[Near Walgett, NSW, March 2016]

Ventral view of a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo in flight
[Near Walgett, NSW, March 2016]

Race "naso"

ADULT

MALE

Near-frontal/ventral view of a male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Mundaring, 35 km East of Perth, WA, December 2014]

Near-lateral view of a male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Bungendore Park, near Perth, WA, June 2015]

Near-lateral/ventral view of a male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo landing in the top of a eucalypt (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Bungendore Park, near Perth, WA, June 2015]

Lateral view of a male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo balancing on the tip of a dead twig (photo courtesy of C. Pears)
[Mellenbye Station, ca. 50 km NE of Morawa, WA, September 2022]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Bungendore Park, near Perth, WA, June 2015]

Near-lateral view of a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Bungendore Park, near Perth, WA, June 2015]

Close-up lateral view of a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo feasting on the fruit of a White Cedar
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Perth, WA, April 2019]

PAIR

Near-lateral/ventral view of a pair of Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos; male on the right, female on the left
(photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Mundaring, 35 km East of Perth, WA, December 2014]

Three pairs of Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos (photo courtesy of C. Pears)
[Lake Claremont, Perth, WA, April 2021]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Communal Mobility: Dispersive Elementary unit: Flock

Food, Diet

Adults: Seeds Dependents: Regurgitated seeds Water intake: Daily

Like basically all cockatoos, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos are seed-eaters, where seeds include those in cones and nut-like fruit, for example that of the White Cedar tree. We have also found them in White Cedars when they were flowering.

Overview of a small mob of Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos feeding in a flowering White Cedar tree
[Walgett, NSW, September 2010]

Frontal view of a male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo "macrorhynchus" chewing on a casuarina seed cone
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Pair of Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos "macrorhynchus" feasting on roasted nuts, in an area where parts were still smouldering after a bush fire (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kakadu NP, NT, June 2023]

Male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo "banksii" chewing on something it has just picked up (photo courtesy of L. Tonnochy)
[Near Townsville, QLD, May 2012]

Lateral view of a male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo "macrorhynchus" feeding on a fruit (photo courtesy of S. Kirkby)
[Near Darwin, NT, June 2011]

Pair of Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos, race "macrorhynchus", feeding on fresh shoots (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Bird Billabong, Adelaide River, Mary River NP, Top End, NT, November 2019]

Small flock of Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos "samueli" landing to feed on grain on a fallow field (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Merredin, WA, February 2015]

Closer look at a pair of Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos "samueli" on the stubble (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Merredin, WA, February 2015]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

redtail_20140816_2.m4a macrorhynchus
(Darwin, NT)
Contact call © MD
redtail_20140818.m4a macrorhynchus
(Top End, NT)
Contact calls © MD
redtail_20140818_2.m4a macrorhynchus
(Top End, NT)
Contact calls (in-flight) © MD
redtail_20140816_5.m4a macrorhynchus
(Darwin, NT)
Pair Q&A © MD
redtail_20140816_3.m4a macrorhynchus
(Darwin, NT)
? © MD
redtail_20140816_4.mp3 macrorhynchus
(Darwin, NT)
? © MD
redtail_20140816.m4a macrorhynchus
(Darwin, NT)
? © MD
redtail_pb_20210924.m4a macrorhynchus
(Top End, NT)
? © PB
 
redtail_20170920.m4a samueli
(W NSW)
Contact calls (male) © MD
redtail_20170920_2.m4a samueli
(W NSW)
Begging calls (female) © MD
redtail_20170920_3.m4a samueli
(W NSW)
Begging calls (female), contact call (male) © MD
redtail_20170920_4.m4a samueli
(W NSW)
Begging calls (female), contact call (male) © MD
 
redtail_jg_20150613.m4a naso
(SW WA)
Various © JG

More Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo sound recordings are available at xeno-canto.org .

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