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Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (inland subspecies) - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Calyptorhynchus banksii samueli
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 31 Jul 2009
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


The Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo is a large black cockatoo with a strong bill and large crest. Male birds have a broad band of bright red across the tail. Female and immature birds have yellow spots on the head, neck and wings, yellowish bars across the chest and a paler red band across the tail. This species can be distinguished from the similar Glossy Black-Cockatoo by its greater size, large crest and louder call.


The Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo is the most widespread of the Black-Cockatoos, ranging broadly across much of northern and western Australia as well as western Victoria. In NSW, two subspecies occur, one in northeatern NSW and an inland subspecies. The Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (inland subspecies) is known to occur around watercourses and overflows of the Darling, Paroo, Bogan, Macquarie and Barwon Rivers extending in an arc along the Darling River from Wentworth (though rare south of Menindee) in the south to Bourke and thence through to Brewarrina in the north. It extends east to Walgett and perhaps Boggabilla on the Barwon and south through to the Macquarie Marshes.

Habitat and ecology

  • Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos are found in a wide variety of habitats. Prefer Eucalyptus forest and woodlands, particularly river red gum and coolabah lined water courses. In the arid zone usually occur mainly near eucalypts along larger watercourses and associated Acacia and Casuarina woodlands nearby. Also utilise grasslands, scrublands, wetlands and vegetation on floodplains.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Brigalow Belt SouthMoonie-Barwon Interfluve Predicted None
Brigalow Belt SouthNarrandool Known None
Broken Hill ComplexBarrier Range Outwash Known None
Broken Hill ComplexScopes Range Predicted None
Cobar PeneplainBarnato Downs Predicted Within 30 km of the Darling River
Cobar PeneplainBoorindal Plains Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsBogan-Macquarie Known North of Nyngan
Darling Riverine PlainsCastlereagh-Barwon Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsCulgoa-Bokhara Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsLouth Plains Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsMenindee Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsWarrambool-Moonie Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsWilcannia Plains Known None
Mulga LandsNebine Plains Known None
Mulga LandsParoo Overflow Predicted None
Mulga LandsParoo-Darling Sands Predicted None
Mulga LandsWarrego Plains Predicted None
Mulga LandsWarrego Sands Predicted None
Mulga LandsWest Warrego Known None
Murray Darling DepressionDarling Depression Known None
OceanTweed-Moreton Predicted None
Other StateQLD Known None
Other StateSA Known None