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Glossy Black-Cockatoo

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Glossy Black-Cockatoo

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The Glossy Black-Cockatoo is the smallest black-cockatoo in Australia.

The Glossy Black feeds on the seeds of casuarina, eucalypts, angophoras, acacias and hakea trees. They can be quiet while feeding and hard to spot. They usually feed in groups of three. Although, if you look skyward and glimpse a streak of red on a jet black tail, you've probably just found one.

The Glossy Blacks' favourite food is casuarina seeds. They also like to build their nests in the hollows of dead or living eucalyptus trees. Glossy Black parents make sure that food trees are close to their nest, so their baby doesn't have to wait too long for food.

If you have any of their favourite trees in your backyard, let them flourish. They will also help you out by protecting the trees with their occasional appetite for wood boring insect larvae.

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”Birds, bugs, lizards and penguins are my favourite Backyard Buddies – I like to find, watch and learn about what they do and what I can do to help them.“

Gus – 11 year old Backyard Buddy, NSW

Photo: OEH