WA Museum Cockatoo research in the spotlight
Linette Umbrello's blog | Created 3 years ago
Over the past 17 years the Cockatoo Research Team from the Western Australian Museum has undertaken vital research on three species of endangered black cockatoos in Western Australia. Two papers in Pacific Conservation Biology (Vol. 19, No. 2) have just been published focusing on the iconic Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso), endemic to the south-west corner of WA. Prior to this work almost nothing was known about its breeding biology and habitat preferences. The long-term survival of the Forest Red-tail Black Cockatoo, and indeed its close relative Baudin’s Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus baudinii), is of increasing concern. The loss of feeding and breeding habitat, especially the loss of veteran trees, the impact of exotic species, fire and climate change place these birds at crossroads. This research will assist both State and Federal government agencies in the development of recovery and management plans for the future conservation of these cockatoos.
For more information on WA’s black cockatoo species see our Cockatoo Care webpages: http://museum.wa.gov.au/explore/online-exhibitions/cockatoo-care