FW: [canberrabirds] Orange now Red tailed black cockatoo

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Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] Orange now Red tailed black cockatoo
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Sun, 3 Nov 2019 00:58:20 +0000

Thank you Denise.  What it usually eats in the wild will depend on the subspecies, but more relevant might be what it ate in captivity.  We occasionally mention that there is a Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo for Canberra in the famous Mathews list, generally believed to refer to  Glossy Black-Cockatoo.


From: Denise Kay <>
Sent: Sunday, 3 November 2019 11:52 AM
To: Canberra Birds <>
Subject: [canberrabirds] Orange now Red tailed black cockatoo


Sending this conversation out to the wider world as Philip suggested , thanks for your advice . 


It is a female .


It would be a relief to know if it is surviving although I haven’t heard my local Black cockies lately . 


And it may be  of interest to some that the Pine Wind break at the western side of Palmerville will be removed as the CSIRO development progresses . 


YTBC liked to hang around in there after the fires . 



Denise Kay


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From: "Philip Veerman" <>

Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Orange tailed black cockatoo

Date: 3 November 2019 at 10:49:16 am AEDT

To: "'Denise Kay'" <>


Hello Denise,


Ok, So then as I understand it, there is one escaped red tailed black cockatoo somewhere around Canberra. Then I suggest that you forward this message out to the cog list, as others may well notice it. I think that is appropriate for you to do this, not me. Obviously the general reader is not likely to notice or remark on one YTBC. If someone described it to you as an Orange Tailed Black Cockatoo and you say It is a red tailed cockatoo, then it is probably a female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, because they are more orangeish, whereas males clearly have a red patch on the tail. 


As to what they eat. I don’t know in detail. Obviously HANZAB will have that information and I am not going to retype it but whether those foods are available here I don’t know. However if it has been aviary bred, it will surely be familiar with the usual captive cockatoo diet and hanging around with YTBC and other cockatoos, so may well find them and find appropriate food. But that is a guess. 




From: Denise Kay [m("","denisekay49");">] 
Sent: Sunday, 3 November, 2019 9:44 AM
To: Philip Veerman
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Orange tailed black cockatoo


Thanks Philip you are correct of course 


There was one YTBC euthanised . The other one was described to me as an Orange Tailed Black Cockatoo .I should have checked my books …..It is a red tailed cockatoo. 


When I looked at it yesterday that was obvious although quite a smaller bird than I expected . 


Fire brigade attended this morning and bird flew away . I don’t know what they normally eat do you think it can survive out there  ? 


Doesn’t answer to its name ‘Princess’  .





Denise Kay

Flying Fox Coordinator

ACT Wildlife



On 3 Nov 2019, at 8:59 am, Philip Veerman <m("","pveerman");">> wrote:


OK I will react to clarify. Just curious why “orange”. Although you did use YTBC. Do you mean yellow or do you mean red, or is this a strange domestically bred variant of either, and if so, which species? 




From: Denise Kay [m("","denisekay49");">] 
Sent: Saturday, 2 November, 2019 11:40 AM
To: Canberra Birds
Subject: [canberrabirds] Orange tailed black cockatoo


There is an aviary escapee of the above bird in Giralang. Bred in captivity so quite vulnerable , YTBC from same aviary about to be caught to be taken to a vet to be euthanised because it also ‘escaped’ and was hit by a car . Licensed owner passed away a month ago. 


Just to let you know in case eagle eye thought we had a new bird in the area .


I hope it got off the ground & is as safe as it can be .



Denise Kay

Flying Fox Coordinator

ACT Wildlife


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