RE: Glossy blacks at Burrewarra [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

To: "Whitworth, Benjamin - BRS" <>, "Des Clark-Walker" <>
Subject: RE: Glossy blacks at Burrewarra [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
From: "McLaughlin, Duncan MR" <>
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2008 08:50:42 +1100

Wow - thanks Benj.
I think you are right - we just don't know what they are doing.
The old farmers on my road reckon they have been passing through our area forever (well at least since the 1950s). They also reckon they generally pass westward late winter and eastward in Autumn.
But then again, when you quiz them on other bird matters, I am not sure you can consider these farmers that reliable a source. Also considering the rare occurrence of these visits.

From: Whitworth, Benjamin - BRS [
Sent: Tuesday, 5 February 2008 18:33
To: Des Clark-Walker; McLaughlin, Duncan MR
Subject: Glossy blacks at Burrewarra [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

My memory is failing now I am a third of a century (lost 1/3rd??) old, but I am pretty sure COG had a talk about Glossy blacks a while back. I think the study area was around Dubbo, and I thought the Glossys ranged over an area of ~250km diameter. It may have been this study by Matt Cameron


Habitat selection at multiple spatial scales by foraging Glossy Black-cockatoos Austral Ecology Volume 31 Issue 5 Page 597-607, August 2006


Also when I was at Uni I think Rob Heinsohn (now at Fenner School) started a research project on Glossy blacks down the coast (~1998)  and the species was found to be more localised there. I am pretty sure the study was abandoned as it was too difficult.


Michael Lenz has followed the Mt Majura (Queanbeyan?) Glossy blacks for a few years and reported recently in Canberra Bird Notes. In Canberra they seem to turn up for 6 months of the year (not every year) and then disappear.


Some areas it is well known where the Glossys move but in general I think people don’t really know. Most references on government websites (see below) refer to Glossy blacks becoming regionally extinct, and this may help back up the ‘locally nomadic’ idea.


I have spent too long on this, but have provided below some interesting overview websites (including maps) that you may want to look at. And at the bottom, some titles for scientific journal articles (unformatted) that I bumped into.



NSW map of Glossy Blacks

type in Glossy Black- it will come up with two populations, one listed as vulnerable and the Griffith/Narranderra pop listed as Endangered E2. If you click on ‘information’ it discusses the conservation of these populations.

If you map, it shows Glossy black distribution for NSW and that they occur at Burrewarra Point.


Glossy black profile 2004


Threatened species profile 1999


Other references

Food trees


Gabriel M. Crowley and Stephen T. Garnett

Food Value and tree selection by Glossy Black-Cockatoos Calyptorhynchus lathami

Austral Ecology, Volume 26, Issue 1, Page 116-126, Feb 2001,


J. W. Pepper, T. D. Male and G. E. Roberts

Foraging ecology of the South Australian glossy black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami halmaturinus)

Austral Ecology, Volume 25, Issue 1, Page 16-24, Feb 2000


Cameron, M: Nesting habitat of the glossy black-cockatoo in central New South Wales. Biological conservation


Crowley, G. M. and Garnett, S. T. (2001). Food value and tree selection in Glossy Black-Cockatoos Calyptorhynchus lathami. Austral Ecology, 26, pp 116-126.


Garnett, S. T., Britton, P. and Crowley, G. M. (2000). A northward extension of range of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus lathami. Sunbird, 30, pp 18-22.


Kangaroo Island Glossy census


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