Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

To: 'Martin Butterfield' <>
Subject: Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2020 01:28:58 +0000

Yes and I recorded something like (from memory) 350 from my then GBS work site on Tennant St on the edge of Fyshwick.


From: Martin Butterfield [
Sent: Thursday, 17 September, 2020 1:53 PM
To: Chris Davey
Cc: canberrabirds
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo


The year after the massive fires which drove the YTBC out of the mountains in large numbers, we had up to 20 munching on Hakea 'nuts' in our garden in (Upper) South Bruce. 



On Thu, 17 Sep 2020 at 12:45, Chris Davey <> wrote:

About a month ago I had three birds in my garden feeding on the only Hakea in the street. All I heard was strange noises coming from the tree and on investigating got quite a shock to see such large birds happily munching away in such a small tree. Chris


From: Alison Rowell [
Sent: Wednesday, 16 September 2020 11:03 AM
To: 'mariko buszynski'; 'canberrabirds'
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo


There have been a number of reports this year of small groups flying low over the suburbs and feeding in gardens. I have seen groups feeding on Hakea seeds in an Ainslie garden and at the Botanic Gardens. It is possible that some birds are ranging more widely to forage this year after much of their habitat in the ACT and south-eastern NSW was burnt in the summer fires.


They are expert at extracting seed from the woody Hakea fruits – grasp, twist and pull to get the fruit off the tree, hold it in one foot, take one bite to crack the capsule then quick manipulation to extract and shell the seed, then on to the next fruit.

Alison R


From: mariko buszynski <>
Sent: Tuesday, 15 September 2020 4:52 PM
To: canberrabirds <>
Subject: [Canberrabirds] Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo


Yesterday one bird spent nearly one hour in our garden munching on Hakea's fruits.  When I went to collect washing he glanced at me but continued to munch.  I sometimes see them flying over our house but this is the first time one came down to find food.  Is there any food shortage?



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