Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo feeding in a Banksia.  Many thanks to Narelle Power for allowing me to publish her photo.

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo feeding in a Banksia.  Many thanks to Narelle Power for allowing me to use her photo.

Dr John Martin, a wildlife ecologist who works at both Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands & Jessica Rooke, an honours student at the University of NSW Centre for Ecosystem Science, are asking the community to help with their research into Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos in Sydney.

“Around Sydney, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos forage in bushland, parks & golf courses on pine cones & a range of native plants, including Banksia cones.  It is unclear whether such responses are adaptive or reflect resilience to habitat alteration.”

I used to love watching & listening to these birds fly over the Eastlake Golf Course from the now closed nursery at Kensington.  Their call is hauntingly beautiful.  It is a drawn-out, distinctive “kee-ow.”  You can listen to a short audio of their call here – http://bit.ly/2a0G50S

The research will look at the movements of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos, where they roost, what they eat, where they forage for food, their foraging behavior & how effectively they adapt to the “potentially inhospitable habitat” of Sydney.

Sadly, this species of Cockatoo is yet another bird whose numbers are declining along Australia’s east coast.  The findings will be used to determine whether there is a need for a conservation program.

We all can become involved in this research by reporting sightings & answer the survey questions.   Sightings can be lodged here – http://bit.ly/2am2rrq

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