Countdown to help the Cockatoos

Redland City Council, as a partner of the Glossy Black Conservancy, is calling for volunteers to help with the annual count of Glossy Black-Cockatoos in the Redlands on Sunday, 14 October.

Mayor Karen Williams said the Glossy Black-Cockatoo is one of the more threatened cockatoo species in Australia and is listed as a vulnerable species in Queensland and New South Wales.

“The annual survey is a very important event that provides invaluable information to assist with the conservation of these magnificent birds,” she said.

“Unknown by many residents due to its quiet nature, the Redlands is home to the Glossy Black- Cockatoo. Sightings of the bird have been reported from the mainland, North Stradbroke Island and the Bay Islands.

“The bird-counting event is perfect for all ages, and makes for a different and fun family day out. A certain level of fitness is required as participants will need to walk to assigned survey locations.

“Council is encouraging everyone to help with the annual survey to help protect these amazing birds. It’s an opportunity to learn more about our local wildlife and enjoy a fun family activity.”

The Glossy Black Conservancy is a collaborative effort by community, industry and government partners across South East Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Participants are asked to attend a workshop to familiarise themselves with survey locations and data collection methods. Most importantly, they will learn how to identify and differentiate the Glossy Black-Cockatoo from other similar species.

Workshops will be held at the following locations and times:
8am Saturday, 29 September at Macleay Island State School, Macleay Island
1.30pm Saturday, 29 September at Russell Island Recreation Hall, Russell Island
9am Saturday, 6 October at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba

For more information about getting involved in the survey or to register, contact Redlands IndigiScapes Centre on 3824 8611 or email

Check out the Glossy Black Conservancy website for more information about the Glossy Black-Cockatoo.