Glossy Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami)

The Glossy Black Cockatoo is an uncommon species endemic to eastern Australia from coastal central Queensland to far-eastern Victoria. An isolated population is also present on Kangaroo Island, off South Australia. In NSW it ranges into the centre of the state. It is a highly specialized feeder, living on the tiny seed of the rock-hard fruit of She-Oaks (Allocasuarina spp.) which it cracks open with its massive beak. The birds shown here were filmed visiting a farm dam during a community-led survey of a population of these birds around the small settlement of Rankins Springs in central NSW in Feb 2016. The film depicts a female with a dependent ‘teenager’, a mating event (this species is an autumn/winter breeder) and finally birds coming to drink in the last few minutes of daylight after a very hot late summers day.