Carnaby’s take flight to the wild
AFTER months of rehabilitation, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre last month successfully released eight endangered Carnaby’s black cockatoos back into the wild.
The birds were released at the Department of Parks and Wildlife complex in Kensington and included young bird Sweetie, who was found by the side of a road in Stratton with a shotgun pellet lodged just millimetres from her left eye.
Perth Zoo cared for her and Kaarakin environment officer Jill Stryk said it was great to see Sweetie released back into the wild.
“It is always rewarding when we are able to release successfully rehabilitated black cockatoos back into the wild, particularly birds such as Sweetie, but it is a sad fact that many birds aren’t able to be released due to a number of different factors,” she said.
She said it was important the community was aware of these
Pictures: Mike Groeneweg animals in the wild.
“The one thing we can all do as individuals is to slow down when we see black cockatoos at the roadside to reduce the risk of vehicle strikes,” she said.
“Black cockatoos are large birds which are slow to take flight, so most injuries are sustained when the bird flies into the front or side of vehicles.”
To report injured black cockatoos, call Kaarakin on 0448 046 202 or 9390 2288 or the Wildlife Hotline on 9474 9055.
Kaarakin volunteers Tony Judd and Mel Marshall release the birds.
Carnaby’s are large birds, and slow to take flight, making them vulnerable to car strikes.