WRBC – Jigsaw Puzzle

RED-TAILED BLACK COCKATOO

 

ABOUT THIS JIGSAW PUZZLE

 

THE RED TAIL BLACK COCKATOO

  • Also known as “Banks’ Black Cockatoo”
  • Is native to Australia. There are many different species, and they are in abundant numbers in northern Australia.
  • But the two species in the south – the “Forest Red-Tail” and the “South-eastern Red-Tail” are under threat.
  • Red-Tail Cockatoo’s will grow to around 60 centimetres in length.
  • They are sexually dimorphic. That is, there are different markings and shapes between males and females.
  • The male Red Tail is covered completely in black feathers, except for the prominent red-feathered tail.
  • The slightly smaller female are black with a yellow tinge on the chest, with red spots on their crest, tail & wings, and yellow-orange tail-stripes.
  • The Red-Tail holds the award for the first bird from eastern Australia drawn by a European!! A female drawn in 1770.
  • They are best suited to dry climates. Their main diet is eucalyptus seeds. They will also nest in the hollows of these trees.
  • The Red-Tail Cockatoo is a major target species for illegal smuggling operations. They fetch up to $US20,000 for a healthy Red-Tail overseas, and are a focus of the Wildlife Protection Act 2001.