Black Cockatoos in flight

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Subject: Black Cockatoos in flight
From: Sandy Gilmore <>
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:02:40 +0000
Hi everone,

A very timely question since I frequently get Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos 
flying over and infrequently get Glossy Cockatoos flying over.

While enjoying the sunset a few days back I had both species fly over a few 
minutes apart and it was abundantly obvious that Glossy Cockatoos flap their 
wings at twice or more the rate of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos.

This is in the situation where I presume both were returning to their night 
time roosts and were flying high over a mixture of forest and cleared paddocks.

Aerodynamics experts would be able to explain this inter-specific difference 
based substantially on their relative body weights, and wing areas and wing 


On another matter I have increased my White-throated Needletail  sightings over 
summer by an order of magnitude, plus observing other interesting birds, by 
taking time to observe the sunset as often as possible.



Sandy Gilmore
Arid Zone Ecologist

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