How to Identify a Glossy Black-Cockatoo
As three different species of black-cockatoo occur in south-east Queensland and north-east New South Wales, the correct identification of a Glossy Black-Cockatoo is essential.
Below is a table and a call recording to help you correctly identify a Glossy Black-Cockatoo so that you can keep a look out in your community. Some of the descriptions have been taken out of Simpson and Day’s Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, 1993.
It is a good idea to take a bird field guide when you are out searching for Glossy Black-Cockatoos. If you are unable to identify the bird, take a picture and send it in to us for verification. Once you are confident you have made a correct identification, please submit your sightings. The Conservancy has also compiled a Fact Sheet to assist with field identification, and specifically sexing and aging individual birds.
Glossy Black-Cockatoos are less gregarious and quieter than their Yellow-tailed or Red-tailed relatives and generally travel in small groups of two or three. They are also the smallest of the three species, have red panels on their tail feathers and lack the prominent crests seen in other black-cockatoos.