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A mini series on birds in our backyard starting with our favourite, a Yellow Tailed Back Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus) one of the largest of parrots in Australia. They measure between 55 and 65 cm in length. This one with its light coloured beak is an adult female.
They eat seeds from large nut pods like the one in this ones claw. They also like wood boring grubs.
One of their absolute favourite meals is the seed of the native hakea plant. This hakea is growing just a metre from our house and the cockatoos come every year to feast on the seeds. They make a mess but are great to watch.
They nest and live in small family groups in the nearby wilderness areas but encouraged by the exotic pines planted around our town and nearby towns they have also developed a taste for pine nuts.
Black Cockatoos are rarely seen in overseas zoos and not many Australians get to see them in the wild. We're lucky living where we do having planted a suitable food shrub for them.

Best in the large view.

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Additional Photos by Ian Fegent (ifege) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3899 W: 102 N: 11273] (47043)
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