Get spotting Glossy Black-Cockatoos


Help conserve a vulnerable local species by volunteering for the annual Glossy Black-Cockatoo survey this month.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said sharp eyes were needed in Redlands on Sunday 30 October searching for Glossy Black-Cockatoos or the tell-tale signs they leave behind.

“These magnificent birds are a vulnerable species in Redlands and it can be difficult to spot them, or where they’ve been, without knowing what to look for,” Cr Williams said.

“Unlike some of their noisier counterparts, these cockatoos are quieter and harder to find.

“To make sure our volunteers have the best chance of finding these secretive glossy-blacks, we are asking people to come along to one of two free Glossy Black-Cockatoo workshops at IndigiScapes before the survey.

“It’s easy to get involved and with just a small time commitment you get the great reward of knowing you are helping to conserve a fascinating bird species.”

Workshops will be held at the Redland IndigiScapes Centre on Sunday 23 October (morning) and Wednesday 26 October (evening).

At the workshops volunteers will hone their bird identification skills and be assigned their survey area for the day.

To get bird spotting, people can register their attendance at a workshop by calling IndigiScapes on 3824 8611 or visiting their website.

Glossy Black-Cockatoos are solitary or travel in small groups of two or three birds.  The smallest of the black-cockatoos, they only feed on the cones of two she-oaks, and only from particular trees.

Breeding occurs once every two years, producing only one egg. The Glossy Black-Cockatoo requires trees with large nesting hollows to breed.

The survey is an initiative of the Glossy-Black Conservancy, a partnership between government and industry stakeholders working to conserve the Glossy Black-Cockatoo across south-east Queensland.

2 thoughts on “Get spotting Glossy Black-Cockatoos

  1. Michael Hines

    I am trying to get on line information about the indigiscapes Glossy Black Cockatoo survey on May14 but am blocked by your Indigiscapes system

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