Piney Lakes Carnaby's Cockatoo Restoration Project

Carnabys Cockatoo Photo by Keith Lightbody

About Carnaby's Cockatoo

Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) is a native bird to south-western Western Australia and are found nowhere else in the world.

Due to habitat loss from land clearing and a shortage of nesting hollows, Carnaby's are now endangered and their population continues to decline.

Facts About Carnaby’s Cockatoo

  • They have distinct white tail feathers and a white spot on each cheek
  • They have a melodic "Wee-loo" call
  • The area around the bird’s eye is grey in females and reddish-pink in males
  • Females have lighter beaks and brighter white cheek patches than males
  • They are migratory:
    • they nest in tree hollows of large Eucalypts in the Wheatbelt in Spring
    • outside of the breeding season they move to coastal areas such as Perth, to feed in Banksia woodland and Jarrah forest.

For more information visit Birdlife Australia.

About the Restoration Project

This project aims to restore four (4) hectares of degraded Banksia woodland within Piney Lakes Reserve, a habitat for the endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo. Commencing in 2012 through a Department of Parks and Wildlife grant, activities undertaken include:

  • Planting native plants by community volunteers, school groups and the local friends group
  • Weed control and manual removal
  • Maintenance and monitoring of survival of plants.

For more information refer to the Carnaby's Cockatoo Habitat Restoration Plan.

Plant Species Used

Plant species have been specifically selected to provide a food source and future roosting habitat for Black Cockatoos. This includes:

Banksias, such as the Firewood Banksia (Banksia menziesii) and Parrot Bush (Banksia sessilis)
Large tree species, such as Marri (Corymbia calophylla) and Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata)
Hakeas, such as the Harsh Hakea (Hakea prostrata).

A variety of Banksia Woodland understorey species have also been planted to enhance the overall quality of the bushland.

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