Baudin's Cockatoo

Baudin's Cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus baudinii

Baudin's Cockatoo (female) at nest site

Baudin's Cockatoo (female) at nest site
Image copyright Tony Kirkby, WA Museum 

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Other names

Baudin's Black Cockatoo and Long-billed Black Cockatoo.

Threatened Status

"Listed Endangered: Schedule 1 - Western Australian Wildlife Conservation Act".
"Endangered: under Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act".

It is scarce to moderately common (most numerous in deep south-west). Mainly in flocks (up to 300 and occasionally larger aggregations of up to 1200 at roosts). It has declined in the last 50 years, its low rate of reproduction (0.6 chick per year) precluding it from replacing the large numbers shot by orchardists. In the last 10 years (since 2016), there has been a dramatic decline in numbers recorded at traditional roosts sites. 


Nesting in hollows of Karri, Marri and Wandoo trees. Eggs laid in August - December; clutch 1–2 (only one young reared) and only the female incubates and broods the chick.

Life span

25–50 years.


Length 50–60 cm. Weight 560–770 g.
Upper bill narrower and longer than Carnaby's Cockatoo.

Adult male

Baudin's Cockatoo (female) at nest site

Baudin's Cockatoo - male
Image copyright Tony Kirkby, WA Museum 

Mostly brownish black, the feathers edged with dusky white giving a scalloped appearance; ear coverts dusky white; white band towards tip of tail, broken in middle; bill black; bare skin around eye pink.

Adult female

Baudin's Cockatoo - female

Baudin's Cockatoo - female
Image copyright Tony Kirkby, WA Museum 

Like the male, but differs in having the ear coverts a brighter yellowish white; bill greyish with dark tip and eye skin grey.


The female’s contact call is a short "whicher whicher" or "bunyip bunyip" flock call. The male makes a longer “kurweeeurr” often given as a duet. Breeding call a repeated low "arr" followed by a high-pitched whistle.


Occurs in south-western humid and subhumid zones, north to Gidgegannup, east to Clackline, Wandering, Quindanning, the Perup River, Lake Muir and King River, and west to eastern strip of Swan Coastal Plain including West Midland, Gosnells, Byford, North Dandalup, Yarloop, Wokalup and Bunbury also the Stirling and Porongurup Ranges and along the south coast to Waychinicup National Park. It is endemic to Western Australia.

Habitat and food

Southern eucalypt forests of mainly Jarrah, Marri and Karri. Feeds on seeds of eucalypts, Banksia, Hakea and fruiting apples and pears. Also nectar, buds and flowers and strips the bark from dead trees in search of beetle larvae. Forages at all levels from canopy to ground.

Threats to the species

Clearing of forest, fires, climate change, vehicle strikes, feral European honey bees which take over nesting hollows and in the past large numbers shot by orchardists.

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