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Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Riverina population - 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 lathami - endangered population
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered Population
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 23 Jul 1999
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


A medium-sized cockatoo, with a blackish-brown head, neck and underparts, red or yellowish-red panels in the tail, and otherwise black plumage. There is an inconspicuous crest and a broad bulbous bill. Adult females have extensive patches of yellow feathering on head and neck.


The Riverina population of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo is largely restricted to hills and low ridges where suitable stands of its food plant, Drooping She-Oak (Allocasuarina verticillata), remain within the Narrandera Range and to the north-west in the Brobenah Hills, McPhersons Range, Cocoparra Range, Lachlan Range and Jimberoo State Forests, and the Naradhan Range. This population now occurs west of longitude 146º 40' E, within Cobar, Carrathool, Narrandera and Leeton local government areas.

Habitat and ecology

  • The population is largely restricted to hills and low ridges where suitable stands of its food plant Drooping Sheoak (Allocasuarina verticillata) remain.
  • Requires large tree-hollows for breeding .
  • Areas adjacent to drainage lines may be preferred for nesting.
  • The diet consists almost exclusively of sheoak seeds, especially Drooping Sheoak for the Riverina population.
  • Large stands of older Drooping Sheoak may be preferred for feeding.
  • Areas where suitable nesting and foraging habitat occur within the one locality are especially important.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Cobar PeneplainLachlan Plains Known West of longitude 146 degrees 40 mins, Within Carathool and Bland LGAs and west of 146 40.
Cobar PeneplainNymagee Known Restricted to Cobar LGA
Murray Darling DepressionDarling Depression Known Restricted to Cobar and Carrathool LGAs
NSW South Western SlopesLower Slopes Known Only in Carrathool, Griffith, Leeton & Narrandera LGAs.
RiverinaMurrumbidgee Predicted None