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Red Tailed Black Cockatoos heading home to roost at sunset.
Taken near Strathdownie, Victoria, Australia
With an estimated population of about 1000 birds, the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo is in danger of extinction.
Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos are specialist feeders, relying almost entirely on the seeds of Brown and Desert stringybark (Eucalyptus baxteri and E. arenacea) and Buloke trees (Allocasuarina leuhmannii).Clearing of these feed trees is considered to be the main threat to long-term survival of Red-tails.
Only about 2% of buloke remains across the Red-tails range. The birds move to Buloke areas in late summer and autumn to feed on the seeds.
Red-tails nest in deep hollows that have formed in very large, old eucalypts. Some of these trees are more than 200 years old. Many nest sites are in farming paddocks in dead trees where they havent been cleared. Extensive agricultural land clearing has put presure on nest sites, legislative changes have been introduced to protect these trees.
for more infomation see www.redtail.com.au
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