Calyptorhynchus banksii

Calyptorhynchus banksii

Calyptorhynchus banksii

(Red-tailed black cockatoo)

FAMILY

Cacatuidae

Species

Calyptorhynchus banksii

Common name

Red-tailed black cockatoo

Main colour

Black

Distinctive feature

Broad red or orange tail band, body 50-60 cm

Campus

Townsville

Description

Usually heard first, or a black bird with a prominent red or orange patch on the tail is seen flying. Usually visits campus when the bloodwoods (Corymbia spp.) are fruiting extracting the seeds from the capsules. The tail band is red in the male but in female the orange band has yellow and black bars. There are numerous yellowish spots on the head in the female. Legs and feet greyish brown, eyes dark brown, bill blackish in male, white in female.

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