Be on lookout for black cockatoos
A senior wildlife officer is asking Goldfields residents to keep an eye out for Carnaby’s black cockatoos as they fly into the Esperance and Ravensthorpe areas in coming weeks.
Rick Dawson said staff from the Department of Parks and Wildlife had banded more than 1000 of the cockatoos in the past decade and they wanted to keep track of their progress for ongoing research and monitoring.
At this time of year, Carnaby’s black cockatoos are returning from their breeding grounds to the coast, with flocks now being spotted all along the south coast, including from Ravensthorpe to Es- perance. “People from Kalgoorlie often go down to the coast for weekends and we are asking anyone who sees a Carnaby wearing a shiny piece of bling on their right leg to take a photo of it,” Mr Dawson said.
“If they have this leg band, it means they were tagged by us, and we are particularly interested in the last three numbers.
“We currently only have two records for that area so it is important to get more information about the birds’ survivorship and movements.
“They go right along as far as Cape Arid and live along the coast from February-July and are often seen in the salmon gum and white gum trees.” Mr Dawson said between 200 and 300 Carnaby’s black cockatoos were killed on the roads each year, which was a big dent in numbers given only an estimated 40,000 were left in the wild.
Forest red-tail black cockatoo numbers are down to between 10,000 and 12,000 .
He said the reason for their small numbers was in part because of the low rate of success in hatching and rearing chicks.
Anyone who photographs a bird and can identify its band number is asked to contact the department through a private message on the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s Facebook page or by emailing fau email@example.com with the photo and location.
A Carnaby’s black cockatoo.