Red tailed black cockatoo, Gladstone, Queensland, Australia

Red tailed black cockatoo, Gladstone, Queensland, Australia

The red tailed black cockatoo is one of about 300 species of parrots in the world, and 56 species which are found in Australia only. They are seed eaters feeding on marri, proteas, casuarinas and stringy bark gums. They nest in trees that have a hollow, and chew inside the hollow to make a bed of woodchips for the single egg. The female incubates the egg while the male feeds her. Breeding happens from March to July.

The above info was sourced from the Australia Zoo.

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Red tailed black cockatoo in flight, Gladstone, Queensland, Australia
Red tailed black cockatoo in flight, Gladstone, Queensland, Australia. They are extremely agile for their size.

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Red tailed black cockatoo in flight, Gladstone, Queensland, Australia
Red tailed black cockatoo in flight, Gladstone, Queensland, Australia. This one is flying thorough a park in Gladstone.

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Red tailed black cockatoo eating in a tree in a park, Gladstone, Queensland, Australia
Red tailed black cockatoos eating in a tree in a park in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia.

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