Say ‘Hello Cocky’
  • Thursday 16 May 2013
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If spending time in the great outdoors keeping watch on one of Australia’s most beautiful native birds interests you, read on.

The fifth annual Glossy Black-Cockatoo Birding Day will take place on Sunday May 19. It aims to unravel some of the mystery that surrounds the distribution, habitat use and population demographics of the threatened Glossy Black-Cockatoo.

Sunshine Coast Council Environment Portfolio Councillor Tony Wellington said a healthy turnout of local volunteers would be vital to the success of the event.

“The Glossy Black Cockatoo Birding Day relies on the assistance of Sunshine Coast residents to provide records of their numbers and whereabouts,” he said.

“This species is listed as vulnerable in Queensland so the information that locals provide may assist Glossy Black-Cockatoo conservation efforts.

“The Glossy Black Cockatoo feeds almost exclusively on the seeds of Casuarina (she-oak) trees.

“As with many other parrots it requires large trees with nesting hollows for breeding. This occurs only every two years with just one egg being laid.

“In spite of their name, Glossy Blacks are not at all glossy, and are slightly smaller than their black cockatoo cousins. Curiously they are also much more tame when approached.”

Volunteer Glossy Black Cockatoo enthusiasts can participate in the annual Birding Day by contacting regional coordinator, Conor Jenkins on (07) 5499 5142 or conor.jenkins@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au .

Glossy Black Cockatoo identification workshops will also be held at the following locations this week:

  • Tewantin - Noosa Council Chambers, Pelican St Tewantin - Thursday 16 May at 12:30pm
  • University of the Sunshine Coast - LT5 - Thursday 16 May at 6:30pm

For more information on the 2013 Glossy Black-Cockatoo Birding Day, visit the Glossy Black website.