Family: Cacatuidae (Cockatoos, 14 species in Australia)
Size: 56-66 cm
Distribution: Within about 150 km of the coast of NSW, VIC, eastern SA and southern QLD, all of TAS
Habitat: Open forests, farms, pines
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest
A common bird in the Blue Mountains, particularly in the upper mountains. It has a yellow patch on the side of its head, and yellow under the tail. The Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoo is not generally found in the Blue Mountains and does not have a coloured patch on the side of its head.
It has a screeching call that sounds a lot like an eagle or other bird of prey.
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (1828 x 1776)
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.
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