The Glossy Black Cockatoo is counting on you


The threatened Glossy Black Cockatoo is counting on the people of the Redlands to volunteer their time in the annual survey on Sunday, 19 May 2013.

Redland City Council, as part of the Glossy Black Conservancy, will again be conducting its annual survey to help with the conservation of these magnificent birds.

Redland City Division 9 Councillor and environmental spokesperson Paul Gleeson said the Glossy Black Cockatoo was one of the quietest species of cockatoo and most people in the Redlands didn’t even know that the area was home to these birds.

Glossy Black-Cockatoo

Glossy Black-Cockatoo

“Often the only thing that will give these birds away is a quiet clicking sound as they eat the cones of the Black She-oak and the Forest Oak,” Cr Gleeson said.

“However, the bird does call the Redlands home and there have been sightings reported on the mainland as well as on North Stradbroke Island and the Bay Islands.

“Unfortunately, it is one of the more threatened species of cockatoo in Australia and is listed as vulnerable in Queensland.

“By conducting the survey we learn more about their numbers and the state of their habitat and this will help in efforts to preserve these beautiful native birds,” he said.

A workshop will be held on Sunday 5 May 2013 for Southern Moreton Bay Island volunteers at Macleay Island Progress Hall from 9 am to 12 noon. Another workshop will be held for mainland volunteers at IndigiScapes from 9 am to 12 noon on Sunday 12 May 2013. The survey will take place on Sunday, 19 May 2013.

To find out how to get involved, visit www.indigiscapes.com.au, contact the Redland IndigiScapes Centre on 3824 8611 or email jenay.munro@redland.qld.gov.au to register.