Glossy Black-Cockatoo

Saving the Glossy Black-Cockatoo

Glossy Black-cockatoos are the smallest of Australia’s Black-cockatoo species and one of the most threatened. Glossy’s are fussy eaters and forage almost exclusively on the cones of the She-oak (Casuarina and Allocasuarina spp.). They will even bypass trees in full seed to visit a preferred species up to 10km away. Little is known about the movement of Glossy Black-cockatoos within their range but the clearing and fragmentation of their habitat has taken its toll on this habitual species. Without bushland corridors and stands of remnant forests, research indicates the species is in decline.

Currumbin Sanctuary collaborated with Griffith University in 2014/2015 to help researchers better understand the movements and diet of wild Glossy Black-cockatoos in the greater Gold Coast region.

Controlled diet trials were conducted with our captive birds during a period of feather moult. Feathers that were emerging during the trials were later collected and analysed to track how changes in a birds diet may be represented in a mature feather. This knowledge will assist researchers in confirming how Glossy Black-cockatoos utilise the various habitats and feed tree species within their range.

Currumbin Sanctuary is also proud to support the annual Glossy Black-cockatoo birding day by hosting information sessions and visits to see our birds in the feather. See below link for more information on how to become involved in this important event or to submit a sighting.

Address:

28 Tomewin Street
Currumbin 4223 QLD

Open:

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is open from 8:00am to 5:00pm daily.

Closed:

Christmas Day, ANZAC Day.

Phone:
07 5534 1266
Email:
enquiries@cws.org.au
Website:
http://www.cws.org.au/