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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)

Similar species

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]

Male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo diving off its perch; this view clearly shows the bird's underwings (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]

Race "macrorhynchus"

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ADULT

MALE

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

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

Dorsal view of a male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo in a casuarina tree
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

FEMALE

Lateral view of a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo in a casuarina tree
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

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

Race "samueli"

ADULT

MALE

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

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

Portrait of a male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo ready to mate (photo taken in captivity)

Lateral portrait of a male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo displaying its crest (photo taken in captivity)

Dorsal view of a male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo taken in captivity (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

FEMALE

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

Female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo seen from underneath
[Bourke, NSW, March 2008]

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]

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]

Lateral view of a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo taken in captivity (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Race "naso"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal 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]

Male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo landing in the top of a eucalypt tree (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Bungendore Park, near Perth, WA, June 2015]

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]

Near-lateral 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]

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.

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

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]

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.mp3 macrorhynchus
(Darwin, NT)
Contact call © MD
redtail_20140816_5.mp3 macrorhynchus
(Darwin, NT)
Pair Q&A © MD
redtail_20140816_3.mp3 macrorhynchus
(Darwin, NT)
? © MD
redtail_20140816_4.mp3 macrorhynchus
(Darwin, NT)
? © MD
redtail_20140816.mp3 macrorhynchus
(Darwin, NT)
? © MD
redtail_20140818.mp3 macrorhynchus
(Darwin, NT)
? © MD
 
redtail_jg_20150613.mp3 naso
(SW WA)
Various © JG

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