Yellow-Tailed Black-Cockatoo - Calyptorhynchus lathami

Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus banksii

Family: Cacatuidae (Cockatoos, 14 species in Australia)
Size: 63 cm
Distribution: Most of Northern and Western Australia to about 1000-2000 km from the coasts, except within about 50-100 km of the coast of West coast of WA. Small distributions in Southwestern VIC. Occasionally seen as south as Sydney on the East coast.
Status: Common
Habitat: Open forests, farms, pines
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest

Not generally seen in the Blue Mountains or Sydney, though I have seen two of them once in the Kuring-Gai Chase National Park in Northern Sydney.

It has red markings under its tail. It does not have a coloured patch on the side of its head like the Yellow-Tailed Black-Cockatoo. However the female (shown below) has small yellow spots on her.

Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoo - Calyptorhynchus banksii
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (1499 x 1487)

Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoo - Calyptorhynchus banksii
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (2588 x 1654)

Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoo - Calyptorhynchus banksii
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.

Some Birdwatching Resources


The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Graham Pizzey and Frank Knight The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Graham Pizzey and Frank Knight. This is the other of the two best bird field guides for Australia. It is the one preferred by many serious birdwatchers. However I find the pictures a bit dull looking for my taste — the birds all kind of look the same to me, making it harder to remember them in my mind. The illustrations are meant to be the most anatomically correct, though. The text descriptions are better than in Simpson and Day. If you want the most serious bird field guide get this one otherwise get Simpson and Day.

Purchase 9th ed. from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase 9th ed. from Australia (Angus & Robertson)

Click here to purchase 9th ed. from Australia (The Nile)

Click here to purchase from Australia (Fishpond)

Click here to preorder the 9th ed. from Amazon


Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, Peter Slater, Pat Slater and Raoul Slater Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, Peter Slater, Pat Slater and Raoul Slater. This is a smaller field guide, and its advantage is it is easy to carry around. Its size is 21.3 x 11.4 x 2.8 centimetres, or 8.4 x 4.5 x 1.1 inches in the old scale. So it is a good one to get if you want to have your field guide with you out in the field. Unlike most of the field guides it also has illustrations of the eggs of all the birds that breed in Australia. It has very good reviews on Amazon.

Click here to Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase from Australia (Angus & Robertson)

Click here to purchase from Australia (The Nile) $28.45 AUD (May be unavailable)

Click here to purchase from Australia (Fishpond) May be expensive.

Click here to purchase from Amazon

See Also

Australian Bird Field Guides

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