Family Cockatoos (Cacatuidae)

Least Concern

Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii)


Taxonomy

French: Cacatoès banksien German: Rabenkakadu Spanish: Cacatúa colirroja
Taxonomy:

Psittacus Banksii

Latham

, 1790,

Endeavour River, Queensland, Australia

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Until recently, species name commonly given as C. magnificus, which had several days’ seniority, but that name is invalid as description based on illustration of immature female C. lathami#R#R. Five subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. b. macrorhynchus Gould, 1843 – NW Australia (Kimberley) and Northern Territory to E Gulf of Carpentaria.
  • C. b. banksii (Latham, 1790) – E Australia (N & E Queensland to NE New South Wales).
  • C. b. samueli Mathews, 1917 – inland Australia from CW & SW Western Australia to SW Queensland and New South Wales.
  • C. b. naso Gould, 1837 – forests of SW Australia.
  • C. b. graptogyne Schodde et al., 1989 – forests of SE South Australia and SW Victoria.
  • Descriptive notes

    50–65 cm; 570–870 g; female smaller. Male uniformly black with broad red subterminal band across tail except on central two feathers; erectile, backward-sloping... read more

    Voice

    Commonest calls are a low-pitched grating rolling “krrah” and a slightly-higher pitched nasal “kee... read more

    Habitat

    Nominate race in forests across northern tropical Australia; macrorhynchus occurs in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Nominate race eats a variety of nuts and fruits gathered mainly from trees (Terminalia, Pandanus, Eucalyptus);... read more

    Breeding

    Laying Mar–Oct in different parts of range. Nests in large, usually vertical hollows lined with woodchips. Clutch single egg (rarely... read more

    Movements

    Dispersive, with seasonal pattern in some areas in response to availability of food; regular... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Nominate and race samueli numerous and in no danger. Race macrorhynchus is often confused with C. lathami, and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Rowley, I., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii). 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/54408 on 23 January 2019).