Carnaby’s black-cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus latirostris

View the species profile (SPRAT) for Carnaby’s black-cockatoo

The Carnaby’s cockatoo and its feeding and breeding habitat was recognised as a high priority asset to the regional community, during the INFFER asset identification workshops held by NACC in 2012.  Help preserve this species by getting involved.

Named in honour of West Australian naturalist Ivan Carnaby  (1908 – 1974), the Carnaby’s Cockatoo is a large distinctive  cockatoo with black colouring, whitish ear coverts, white panelled tail feathers and a loud call. Carnaby’s cockatoo s are only found in the south-west of Western Australia and are listed on state, national and international threatened species lists because:

  • Clearing for agriculture has reduced the availability of suitable nesting trees and feeding vegetation needed for breeding.
  • Trees take well over 100 years to form suitable hollows for the cockatoos. This is being hampered by stock trampling and grazing, soil compaction, altered rainfall patterns, altered fire regimes and rabbits, so the shortage of suitable nesting hollows will worsen over time.
  • Feral bees and over-abundant native species (such as galahs and corellas) compete for these hollows.
  • On the Swan Coastal Plain, large areas of feeding habitat are being cleared for development.
  • Carnaby’s are prized cage birds, and illegal poaching occurs.
  • Each year, dozens of Carnaby’s are injured or killed on roads in southern and metropolitan Western Australia (DPaW, 2014).
Map sourced from Department of Environment and Energy SPRAT Database.
The distribution shown is generalised from the Departments Species of National Environmental Significance dataset. This is an indicative distribution map of the present distribution of the species based on best available knowledge. Some species information is withheld in line with sensitive species polices. See map caveat for more information.