French: Cacatoès laboureur German: Wühlerkakadu Spanish: Cacatúa cavadora
Swan River, Western Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
C. p. derbyi
(Mathews, 1916) – N wheatbelt of W Western Australia, from around Geraldton S to c. 32º S.
C. p. pastinator
(Gould, 1841) – SW Western Australia (centred around Unicup and L Muir).
37–45 cm; male c. 700 g, female c. 600 g. White, with medium-length crest (47–56 mm) and long upper mandible (37–52 mm); concealed bases of the feathers of... read more
Considered to be very similar to that of C. sanguinea, giving a trisyllabic chuckling,... read more
Grassy, open forest and eucalypt woodland, especially along watercourses, and adjacent farmland... read more
Food and feeding
Gregarious graminivore, but also takes insects and their larvae. Long upper mandible enables bird to dig up underground storage parts of a... read more
Laying Jul–Oct. Pair-bond maintained throughout the year. Nest is a bed of woodchips, in tree hollow in native eucalypts, mainly ... read more
Pairs tend to nest in traditional sites and to forage nearby (typically 1·6 km away) while... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Previously considered Near Threatened. Population of nominate pastinator may be increasing, but at present numbers c. 1000–... read more
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