Family Cockatoos (Cacatuidae)

Least Concern

Glossy Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami)


Taxonomy

French: Cacatoès de Latham German: Braunkopfkakadu Spanish: Cacatúa lustrosa
Taxonomy:

Psittacus Lathami

Temminck

, 1807,

Botany Bay, New South Wales, Australia

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Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. l. erebus Schodde & Mason, 1993 – coastal CE Queensland, in E Australia.
  • C. l. lathami (Temminck, 1807) – inland and coastal E Australia from SE Queensland to E Victoria.
  • C. l. halmaturinus Mathews, 1912 – Kangaroo I (South Australia).
  • Descriptive notes

    46–50 cm; c. 450 g; female smaller. Smallest black cockatoo, which, together with lack of a distinctive crest distinguishes present species from C. banksii.... read more

    Voice

    Not very vocal. Commonest call is a drawn-out grating “krrrrruh”, given both in flight and when... read more

    Habitat

    Dependent on sheoaks (Allocasuarina) in coastal forest and open woodland in E and SE... read more

    Food and feeding

    Appears to feed almost exclusively on the seeds of Allocasuarina species (A. verticillata, A. littoralis, A... read more

    Breeding

    Mar–Aug. Nest is bed of chips in a large hollow of dead or live tree. 1 egg (occasionally 2); incubation c. 29 days, by female only;... read more

    Movements

    Birds follow fruiting trees around a locality throughout the year; usually in small groups but up... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Formerly considered Vulnerable. CITES II. Rare and unobtrusive, and not widely known; historically, has suffered extensive habitat... read more

    Recommended citation

    Rowley, I. & Boesman, P. (2018). Glossy Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/54409 on 22 April 2018).