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.
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.
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (1499 x 1487)
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (2588 x 1654)
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.
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