white-tailed Black-cockatoos at Yanchep, WA

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Subject: white-tailed Black-cockatoos at Yanchep, WA
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 21:29:14 +1000
Janine, you can upload the recordings to

Peter Shute

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Sent: Tue Jun 26 19:24:51 2012
Subject: white-tailed Black-cockatoos at Yanchep, WA

Hi all

We saw an enormous flock (at least 500, I estimated 1000) white-tailed 
Black-cockatoos flying across the highway in Yanchep NP on Friday 22nd June at 
around 3.10pm.  I have a few photos, which suggest Carnaby's, but I also have 
calls recorded which suggest Baudin's.  The call has a high-pitched whistling 
quality - more of a "wa - witch-ow!" than a "wy-lah".  Listening to both 
species' calls on the Morcombe Iphone app today still left me in some doubt - 
the flock call of the Carnaby's is possible (and this was a huge flock), but 
most of the calls I recorded were of single birds or pairs that had stopped 
near us.  Also, some of the birds were seen tearing at the bark of rough-barked 
eucalyptus trees - a habit noted for Baudin's (according to Simon Nevill's 
Birds of the Greater South West.)

Here is a link to a Picasa album with the best photos I have:  Please 
forgive the poor quality of the photos.  I can't figure out a way to upload the 
sound recordings, but I can email them to anyone who wants them.

I know the location strongly suggests Carnaby's but the call is really giving 
me trouble.  Being from Melbourne I really don't know these birds at all.


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