Glossy Black Cockatoo

Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Calyptorhynchus lathami, are one of the more threatened species of cockatoo in Australia and are listed as vulnerable under QLD and NSW legislation. Sub-species C.lathami lathami is located in the South-Eastern corner of Queensland, Eastern and Northern New South Wales, extending slightly into Victoria with populations known in South Australia and Kangaroo Island.

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Glossy Black-Cockatoo
© Ian & Jill Brown

To combat the impending decline in the population of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo, the Glossy Black Cockatoo Conservancy was officially formed in 2005. This was an initiative led by Biodiversity Assessment and Management Pty Ltd (BAAM) with support from Brisbane City Council, Redland Shire Council and Consolidated Rutile Ltd. Since its formation, the Glossy Black Cockatoo Conservancy has attracted additional partners in local government departments, private conservation agencies and academia throughout South-East Queensland. Support continues to grow. Birds Queensland is a working Partner within the Conservancy.

Our members attended training sessions run by the Conservancy to sharpen their skills in the identification of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo and their resources (i.e. feeding trees, nesting sites, drinking sites etc.). Members also increased their knowledge of species information, habitat protection and management as well as record keeping and reporting procedures. They regularly assist with surveys to monitor population size and trends in relation to locations of necessary food sources. We supported a special Census Day recently held on the Gold Coast by the Conservancy on 9 May 2009.

Download fact sheets about this vulnerable bird species from the Glossy Black Cockatoo Conservancy (PDF file, 1.4 MB) and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (PDF file, 325 KB) for more information.

NOTE: If you see Glossy Black-Cockatoos, or have identified feed trees or drinking sites, then please use the following “Submit your Sightings” tab on the Conservancy website to record the data.

If you would like to read the latest information on the Glossy Black Cockatoo conservancy, please download the November 2015 newsletter (PDF file, 632 KB).

Revised November 2015

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