Family Cockatoos (Cacatuidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo (Zanda funerea)


Taxonomy

French: Cacatoès funèbre German: Gelbschwanz-Rußkakadu Spanish: Cacatúa fúnebre coliamarilla
Taxonomy:

Psittacus funereus

Shaw

, 1794,

New South Wales, Australia

.

Closely related to Z. baudinii and Z. latirostris; has been considered conspecific with latter, and occasionally with former. S races whiteae and xanthanota considered by some possibly to represent a separate species. Tasmanian race sometimes listed erroneously as xanthanotus or xanthonotus, but original spelling as given below is correct. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • Z. f. funerea (Shaw, 1794) – EC Queensland (Emerald) S to E Victoria, in SE Australia.
  • Z. f. whiteae (Mathews, 1912) – Eyre Peninsula (SC South Australia) E, including Kangaroo I, to S Victoria.
  • Z. f. xanthanota (Gould, 1838) – Tasmania and islands in Bass Strait.
  • Descriptive notes

    55–60 cm; 610–900 g. Male body plumage dusky black with upper body and wing-covert feathers finely edged buff; yellow ear-covert patch; broad yellow band in tail... read more

    Voice

    Commonest call is a diagnostic overslurred plaintive wail ending in a harsher tone “wheEEeargh”,... read more

    Habitat

    Coastal heath, woodland, forest; also pine plantations along coast and on adjoining Great Dividing... read more

    Food and feeding

    Nominate race eats both seeds and insect larvae, the latter extracted in specialized manner from infested Eucalyptus and ... read more

    Breeding

    Breeds Apr–Jul in N Australia; Jan–May in N New South Wales; Dec–Feb in S New South Wales; and Oct–Mar in South... read more

    Movements

    Poorly known or understood; nominate race tends to wander nomadically in parties of 10–20... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. As with most other cockatoos, long-term existence depends on the continued availability of hollow trees for nesting in. No race currently... read more

    Recommended citation

    Rowley, I. & Boesman, P. (2018). Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo (Zanda funerea). 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/54410 on 18 December 2018).