Red-tailed black cockatoo (bird a day)

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November 20, 2008A Bird A DayNo comments


Red-tailed black cockatoo

Originally uploaded by dark orange

The bird of the day today is the Red-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii). It is also known as Banksian- or Bank’s Black Cockatoo. It is found in Australia, those Australians, they get to see all the cool and rare birds. =) This is a big bird folks, about 24 inches LONG! Wow, two feet of bird. Despite its size, this very noisy bird prefers to eat mostly Eucalyptus seeds. A bird after my own heart. =)

They can live up to or even longer than 50 years! Wow, a long-living, seed-eating bird. Nice.

Growing up, my grandmother often had cockatoos but hers were white with yellow or red tufts. These are the more common type of cockatoo pets. They were noisy too but they were not as colorful or interesting.

The males and females look different. This is known as sexual dimorphism, in case you didn’t know. =) I didn’t before now. They are also being smuggled illegally into the U.S. and other countries. This is illegal and wrong. People always want to have exotic pets, don’t they?

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