Yellow-tailed black cockatoos a.k.a Zanda funereus.
You may have picked up on a birdlife naming theme at Goolabri, in The Wren and The Wedgetail Pavilion. Well, this wasn't intentional, but we are exposed to so much incredible wildlife here that it just kind of happened. What was the first thing we saw when we looked out the window? That's probably how it got it's name.
For those of us who live on the property, lately we have been waking up every day to the sound of the Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoos, and although it might be nice to have slept a little longer, we wouldn't wish it any other way. And they hang around all day too, feasting on native seed pods and making a racket. There's never a dull moment outdoors when they are around. READ ON...
Although not a threatened species, we know that the Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo has been in decline over recent years. In fact, we did not see them around these parts for a while. In the last few years we have been so thrilled to see them spending so much time at Goolabri. It seems they are taking up longer and longer residencies in the area.
Goolabri Nature Reserve is a protected area of natural bushland, which makes up about half of Goolabri. Most people don't even know that it's there, as we tend to leave it alone, but we think this may be part of the reason that the wildlife seems so happy around here.
We're mapping our sightings too.
"The Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo is a large cockatoo. It is easily identified by its mostly black plumage, with most body feathers edged with yellow, not visible at a distance. It has a yellow cheek patch and yellow panels on the tail. The female has a larger yellow cheek patch, pale grey eye-ring (pink in males), white upper bill (grey-black in males) and black marks in the yellow tail panels. Young birds resemble the adult female, but young males have a smaller cheek patch."