The cart is empty
In issue 297 -
The emotional link between you and your birds. The Holistic Parrot by Leslie Moran
In issue 297 -
10 Things I’ve Learned From My Parrots. By Diana Altman
In issue 297 -
Lear’s Macaw – Celebrating extraordinary wild and captive successes. By Rosemary Low
In issue 297 -
About My Parrots’ Drinking Water. Complete Psittacine by Eb Cravens
Subscribe To Parrots Magazine - Don't miss a thing

Restoring Carnaby’s Cockatoo back to glory

Spreads for web 4

by David Waugh, Correspondent, Loro Parque Fundación

Older generation citizens of Perth, Western Australia will recount how, back in the 1970s, thousands of big noisy parrots would flock across the horizon, flying high with deep, slow wingbeats, and gliding for extended periods with their wings held downwards. These were the sights and sounds of Carnaby’s Cockatoos (Zanda latirostris), otherwise known as Short-billed Black Cockatoos.

One can only imagine the glory of their over-flights in 1948, the year in which this type of cockatoo was described by the naturalist Ivan Carnaby. Some locals call them Rain Birds, referring to former times when the beginning of the cockatoo’s breeding season coincided with the start of the Autumn rains. For the aboriginal Noongar people, finding a Carnaby’s Cockatoo feather was, and still is, considered a blessing.

Today things have changed, and not for the better. The natural geographical distribution of Carnaby’s Cockatoo is restricted to the far south-western corner of Australia. Scientists estimate that within this region, the Carnaby’s Cockatoo population has halved in the last 45 years and has suffered a 30 per cent contraction in range, with habitat fragmentation, loss of nest hollows and lack of native food sources being the main causes. The current total population is estimated to number circa 40,000 individuals, and its decline has been sufficiently steep that it is classified in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as ‘Endangered’.

Buy Now!




Invalid Name
Invalid email address
Please identify how you found us
Invalid Input

Subscribe Now!

Subscribe to parrots magazine

subscribe today. The best most widely read magazine for parrot lovers.

Parrot Events

Parrot events


What's on in the parrot world, events, conferences and shows and more..


Our Address

Parrots magazine is published by
Imax Visual Ltd, West Building,
Elm Grove Lane, Steyning BN44 3SA

Telephone +44 (0)1273 464777
© Parrots magazine 2019