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Bindi & Robert Irwin feature - Black Cockatoo (Euli) - Growing Up Wild

Bindi & Robert Irwin feature - Black Cockatoo (Euli) - Growing Up Wild

The red-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii) also known as Banksian- or Banks' black cockatoo, is a large black cockatoo native to Australia. Adult males have a characteristic pair of bright red panels on the tail that gives the species its name. It is more common in the drier parts of the continent. Five subspecies are recognised, differing chiefly in beak size. Although the more northerly subspecies are widespread, the two southern subspecies, the forest red-tailed black cockatoo and the south-eastern red-tailed black cockatoo are under threat.

In aboriginal stories Red Tailed Black Cockatoo are thought to be the bringer of fire. They mate for life which can be a long time over 80yrs, which is one reason they don't make good pets.

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