Glossy/Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos

To: "Terry Bishop" <>, "Birding Australia" <>
Subject: Glossy/Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos
From: "Steve Creber" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2009 09:44:31 +1100
On the topic - broadly speaking - of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos, I
heard a call yesterday from one which I have never heard before (and I
see and/or hear them virtually every day). It was a cackling sound
almost like a deep-voiced wattlebird, quite different from anything in
the usual repertoire. The bird was quite animated, perhaps agitated,
while producing this call. Is anyone familiar with this call and its
possible significance?

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Terry Bishop
Sent: Friday, 9 January 2009 5:32 PM
To: Birding Australia
Subject: Glossy/Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos

My father lives at Old Bar and fishes for Ludrick at Manning Point. You
this behaviour on the other side of the river on the road to Harrington.
have also seen the same on the Old Bar Rd about 4Km's towards Taree from
Bar on Chain Rd. I used to see them on the Salt Water Rd from Old Bar
this area is now built out. They seem to be happy to feed in the same
with little or no interaction between the species.

Terry B

-------Original Message-------

From: Stephen Ambrose
Date: 01/09/09 15:53:52
Subject: Glossy/Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos

We've just arrived back from a fabulous holiday break near Manning
Point, at

The mouth of the Manning River, Mid-North NSW.

Each day a flock of 6 Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos flew into the
Area around our cabin to feed on the seeds of Forest Red Gums
Tereticornis) and various Banksia species. Interestingly, on the 2nd day
Our stay only, three Glossy Black-Cockatoos flew into the same area to
On the seeds of Forest She-oaks (Allocasuarina torulosa) while the
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos were still feeding.

This is the first time I've seen these two species feeding in the same
At the same time. They were quite clearly two separate feeding groups,
Feeding on different food items, and there were no obvious interactions
Between them, except maybe responding vocally to each others calls. I'm
So sure how common this association is and I'm interested to know if
Has observed these two species feeding together at other locations.

A 10-km stretch of a relatively secluded surf beach was just a 400-metre

Walk from our cabin. On Days 5, 6 & 7 of our holiday (6-8 January 2009),

Surf was low and beyond the breakers the water was relatively calm. We
Enjoyed watching small numbers of Little Terns dive for fish just beyond

Breaking waves at these times.

Stephen Ambrose

Ryde, NSW


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