Australian Bush Birds
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo  -  Calyptorhynchus banksii
Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Male Red-tailed Black Cockatoo - mainly black with some red tail feathers. (Alice Springs, NT)
Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Female Red-tailed Black Cockatoo - mainly black with pale spots. (Alice Springs, NT)
map map The Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo - Calyptorhynchus banksii - is black overall. Males have helmet-like crest hanging forward of the beak at rest and scarlet panels under the tail. Females are spotted with pale yellow bars on the breast and yellow to orange tail panels barred black; the panel colours is different for each of the five sub-species. Bill size varies with sub-species. Reaches 55 to 60 centimetres.

Lives in a variety of habitats; tall wet mountain forests in South East Australia to open tropical forests of the north or tree-lined watercourses in the interior.

Often seen in large noisy flocks, or in small groups.

The call is usually harsh, grating and loud. Travels to water morning and evening.

Migratory and nomadic; rare in the south east but common in the North.

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Left. Male red-tailed black cockatoo displaying under-tail red panels as it takes off. (Fitzroy Crossing, WA)
Right. Female of race macrorhynchus with pale spots. (Alice Springs, NT)