Entries in Calyptorhynchus latirostris - Carnaby's Cockatoo (98)
BirdLife Australia released results of its Great Cocky Count this week, with just 25 black cockatoos spotted at survey sites across the Rockingham and Kwinana region, the lowest on record.
Just two out of 10 surveyed sites in Baldivis, Wellard, Casuarina, Secret Harbour and Wandi, previously home to cockatoos, had occupied roosts.
Conservationists have made a last ditch plea to the federal government to intervene to help prevent a species of cockatoo from becoming extinct due to the felling of its habitat.
Research by BirdLife Australia found there are 3,922 Carnaby’s black cockatoos in the large Gnangara pine plantation, north of Perth. This equates to around 10% of the global population of this endangered cockatoo.
The Western Australian government has been clearing the 23,000 hectare (57,000 acre) plantation to protect Perth’s water catchment area due to the amount of water the trees require.