Each October Wild Mountains makes time to  count birds – specifically the Glossy Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami) which is listed as vulnerable in Queensland and a threatened species in Australia.   As part of the development of regional conservation strategies,  the annual Glossy Black Survey collates data from volunteers across the State,  recording sightings,  nesting and feeding habits of these gracious birds.

Glossy Black Cockatoos have large bulbous beaks, specifically designed for chewing the Casuarina cones which are their primary source of food.

South-east-Queensland‘s other large cockatoo – the Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo ( Calyptorhynchus funereus) regularly floats around Wild Mountains in a family group of three. Their distinctive raucous calls by the Yellow-Tails it is said that rain is not far away.    

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For teachers

Facts Sheets : Living with Glossy Blacks She Oaks in Rural Landscapes