Red Tailed Black Cockatoo

RED-TAILED BLACK COCKATOO
Calyptorynchus banksii


» Also called Banksian cockatoo.
» Large cockatoo (24") native to Australia in the drier areas of the continent.
» Sexually dimorphic with the hen having yellow striping on the chest.
» There are 5 sub-species which live in different areas of Australia.
» The genus Calyptorynchus means hidden or veiled beak.
» Available in aviculture but rare and expensive in the U.S.
» Populations are stable in much of their range although the nominate species C.b.bansii has been extirpated from much of its range and one subspecies the South-eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (C.b.graptogyne) is endangered.


I have met a few of these unusual cockatoos. Years ago, I got a closeup look at a newly imported pair of them at a breeder's aviary. I had seen photos but the photos don't do them justice. I met one companion of this species and found it to be very loving and curious. A toddler bird at Bird Paradise was friendly with everyone and just about everyone wanted to take him home! Being rare in the United States, these birds are very expensive.


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