The yellow-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus) is a large cockatoo native to the south-east of Australia measuring 55–65 cm (22–26 in) in length. It has a short crest on the top of its head. Its plumage is mostly brownish black and it has prominent yellow cheek patches and a yellow tail band. The body feathers are edged with yellow giving a scalloped appearance. The adult male has a black beak and pinkish-red eye-rings, and the female has a bone-coloured beak and grey eye-rings. In flight, yellow-tailed black cockatoos flap deeply and slowly, and with a peculiar heavy fluid motion. Their loud eerie wailing calls carry for long distances.

The yellow-tailed black cockatoo is found in forested regions from south and central eastern Queensland to southeastern South Australia including a very small population persisting in the Eyre Peninsula. Two subspecies are recognised, although Tasmanian and southern mainland populations of the southern subspecies xanthanotus may be distinct enough from each other to bring the total to three. Birds of subspecies funereus (Queensland to eastern Victoria) have longer wings and tails and darker plumage overall, while those of xanthanotus (western Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania) have more prominent scalloping.

Unlike other cockatoos, a large proportion of the yellow-tailed black cockatoo's diet is made up of wood-boring grubs, and they also eat seeds. They nest in hollows situated high in trees with fairly large diameters, generally Eucalyptus. Although, they remain common throughout much of their range, fragmentation of habitat and loss of large trees suitable for nesting has caused a population decline in Victoria and South Australia. In some places yellow-tailed black cockatoos appear to have adapted to humans and they can often be seen in parts of urban Sydney and Melbourne. It is not commonly seen in aviculture, especially outside Australia. Like most parrots, it is protected by CITES, an international agreement, that makes trade, export, and import of listed wild-caught species illegal.
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Date Location Count
2019-10-15 15:32The Neck Rookery (Bruny Island)4
2019-10-12 13:09Cape Queen Elizabeth Track1
2019-10-15 08:36O'Halloran Hill Recreation Park14
2019-10-17 11:15Frewville2
2019-10-19 07:30Byards Wetland (Reynella East)5
2019-10-19 17:48Tangari Regional Park11
2019-10-08 14:28Black Hill Conservation Park28
2019-10-18 08:00Belair National Park6
2019-10-19 16:00Horsnell Gully Conservation Park--west2
2019-10-12 15:30Horsnell Gully Conservation Park3
2019-10-18 10:45Mt Lofty Botanic Garden4
2019-10-12 08:45Mccracken Creek2
2019-10-17 13:15Cox Scrub Conservation Park--East end2
2019-10-20 08:30Scott Conservation Park20
2019-10-21 13:30Peter Murrell Reserves1
2019-10-13 09:31Wellington Park--Fern Glade Track
2019-10-18Mount Field National Park--Russell Falls Track1
2019-10-13Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (Hobart)1
2019-10-19 09:53Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary3
2019-10-19 17:22Lake McIntyre2
2019-10-19Upper Castra30
2019-10-16 16:27Cemetery Track, Casterton2
2019-10-16 17:42Nangeela State Forest2
2019-10-16 08:46Warrawee Forest Reserve3
2019-10-08 14:30Lower Glenelg National Park--Pritchards Camp Ground and Boat Launch6
2019-10-14 08:21Moorland Beach Road2
2019-10-11 10:58Wartook State Forest2
2019-10-21 18:12Lake Pertobe2
2019-10-12 12:38Union Jack Reserve (Buninyong)
2019-10-19 14:32Beauchamp Falls2
2019-10-20 09:36Wombat State Forest--Whipstick Loop walk1
2019-10-21 13:20Karngun Bridges Swamp, Barwon River, Winchelsea2
2019-10-10 07:34Kafe Koala (Kennett River)3
2019-10-20 09:29Great Otway National Park--Distillery Creek Picnic Area1
2019-10-21 17:21Mt Duneed Rd at Bogans La, Freshwater Creek2
2019-10-09 11:44Anglesea1
2019-10-19 08:30Albert Road Nature Reserve (Sunbury)12
2019-10-09 09:36Whiteheads Creek at Delatite Rd, Seymour5
2019-10-16 07:10Melbourne CBD4
2019-10-21 07:49Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)10
2019-10-12 14:14Huntingdale Wetlands4
2019-10-15 14:24Shepherds Bush--West Side10
2019-10-11 07:18Henley Golf Course (Restricted access)6
2019-10-09 11:55Waterways Estate2
2019-10-09 11:44Dandenong Valley Wetland4
2019-10-20 10:00Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve2
2019-10-09 08:15Somerville1
2019-10-21 09:30Dandenong Ranges National Park--Sherbrooke Forest12
2019-10-20 12:40Royal Botanic Gardens (Cranbourne)3
2019-10-21 14:09Cardinia Creek Parklands North (Berwick)1
2019-10-13 14:19Yarra Ranges National Park--Mt Donna Buang1
2019-10-13 14:15Oswin Roberts Reserve, Phillip Island2
2019-10-10 07:00Rhyll Inlet2
2019-10-11 07:00Rhyll2
2019-10-08 12:00San Remo12
2019-10-10 11:30Bunyip State Park--Lawsons Falls Discovery Walk4
2019-10-12 10:04Wuchatsch Reserve4
2019-10-19 08:30Mahon Lane (restricted access)
2019-10-09 15:33Inverloch Foreshore Camping4
2019-10-18 07:00Mosquito Creek Rd2
2019-10-10 09:11Narracan3
2019-10-10 07:46Highfields Falls2
2019-10-13 10:27Wirilda Environment Park4
2019-10-17 11:15Traralgon Railway Reservoir Conservation Reserve
2019-10-09 07:40Imbil State Forest7
2019-10-08 06:53Foley Rd, Yanakie3
2019-10-17 09:30Bellbird Hollow, Brooloo (restricted access)3
2019-10-09 14:00Tarra-Bulga National Park5
2019-10-14 14:23Stanley River, Commissioner's Flat Rd2
2019-10-14 09:38Hillview Ct Reserve, Dayboro4
2019-10-21 07:24Old Creamtruck Rd, Dayboro2
2019-10-19 06:08Lake Samsonvale--Postmans Track1
2019-10-13 07:19Walter Zimmerman Park, Pine Mountain3
2019-10-19 06:45Lake Samsonvale--Golds Scrub Lane (some areas restricted access)9
2019-10-09 09:23D'Aguilar National Park--Thylogale Track1
2019-10-10 09:00Bribie Island Rd (Bruce Hwy to Old Toorbul Point Rd)2
2019-10-10 15:32Capertee National Park3
2019-10-20 07:10Dip Road Recreational Trail1
2019-10-14 08:17Gold Creek Reservoir2
2019-10-19 05:30Ross Road Parkland (Upper Kedron)1
2019-10-19 09:16Toorbul High Tide Roost3
2019-10-13 06:30Capertee Valley5
2019-10-15 08:00Bribie Island
2019-10-10 08:15West Belconnen Pond5
2019-10-15 17:39Magpies Belconnen Golf Club3
2019-10-20 08:05Buckleys Hole Conservation Park--Red Beach Rd14
2019-10-20 08:00Buckleys Hole Conservation Park4
2019-10-14 18:00Edenbrooke Park (Seventeen Mile Rocks)4
2019-10-11 08:20Bibaringa (restricted access)1
2019-10-09 07:42Melba5
2019-10-15 08:25Narrabundah Hill Nature Reserve5
2019-10-18 18:30Lake Wallace2
2019-10-10 15:41Cork Oak Plantation1
2019-10-18 06:30Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve2
2019-10-08 10:45Nundle15
2019-10-14 18:21Swinger Hill1
2019-10-09 10:42Isabella Pond1
2019-10-21 17:38Majura Pine Plantation7
2019-10-21 12:20Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve6
2019-10-13 06:36Dairy Road pond7
2019-10-20 07:10Namadgi National Park--Visitor Centre1
2019-10-17 14:01Glendale Depot4
2019-10-16 08:25Gambles TSR, Sutton Road, Sutton6
2019-10-15 08:42Molonglo Gorge3
2019-10-21 06:15Yatala1
2019-10-14 18:04Godson Avenue, Blackheath at -33.61447, 150.307792
2019-10-11 08:52Garroorigang Historic House (restricted access)2
2019-10-12 09:00Border Ranges National Park3
2019-10-14 08:32Blue Mountains National Park--Murphy's Creek1
2019-10-13 09:20Douglas Farm Rd, Kurrajong Hills2
2019-10-21 08:43Murwillumbah1
2019-10-13 16:44Wianamatta Nature Reserve12
2019-10-16 07:45Bushells Lagoon4
2019-10-20 08:30Snowy River Mouth Walking Track
2019-10-19 06:45McGraths Hill Wastewater Treatment Plant8
2019-10-13 08:10Pitt Town Lagoon4
2019-10-21 10:34Cabarita2
2019-10-14 08:01Pottsville Wetland--Environmental Drive Bird Survey Site1
2019-10-19 07:30Nepean River Cycleway, Camden3
2019-10-09Shoplands Road, Annangrove4
2019-10-09 06:44Mount Annan Botanic Gardens--Banksia Garden1
2019-10-16 08:30Cape Conran Coastal Park2
2019-10-13 17:08Seapeace (restricted access)1
2019-10-15 08:12Koala Reserve (Broadwater)1
2019-10-13 15:15Campbells Common, Cumbalum6
2019-10-11 06:57Ballina Heights North10
2019-10-15 09:30Berowra Valley National Park--Crosslands Reserve2
2019-10-16 06:09160 Emerys Rd, Tapitallee (restricted access)1
2019-10-09 11:58Somersby1
2019-10-10 08:40Terrys Creek Parklands2
2019-10-13 15:35Parrabel Creek TSR4
2019-10-11 07:13Budderoo National Park--Carrington Falls Campground1
2019-10-11 13:00Rookwood Cemetery
2019-10-16 09:45Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden1
2019-10-09 08:20Gordon Flying Fox Reserve1
2019-10-10 10:30Budderoo National Park--Budderoo Fire Trail4
2019-10-16 08:26Mount Keira2
2019-10-19 17:00Barren Grounds Nature Reserve3
2019-10-15 13:00Royal National Park--Karloo Track3
2019-10-21 09:00Maddens Plains1
2019-10-21 07:52Swamp near Ironbark Creek, Minmi Rd, Wallsend9
2019-10-11 09:23Ash Island
2019-10-20 06:55Royal National Park--Reids Flat2
2019-10-19 06:00Royal National Park--Wattle Forest3
2019-10-13 13:35Hunter Wetlands Centre (Newcastle)1
2019-10-13 17:59Stanwell Park5
2019-10-10 07:35Blue Lagoon, Woonona2
2019-10-21 11:20Royal National Park2
2019-10-12 15:03Factory Lane pond, Jamberoo Valley1
2019-10-20 08:00Mona Vale Reserve2
2019-10-10 07:59Grahamstown Lake5
2019-10-21 07:30Lakes Beach Reserve, Budgewoi20
2019-10-13 11:30Curl Curl Lagoon5
2019-10-20 06:18Eastlakes golf course1
2019-10-12 13:58Killalea State Park--River Walk2
2019-10-10 17:43Cronulla Sand Dunes Wetland2
2019-10-14 11:07Kioloa Coastal Campus (ANU)6
2019-10-16 11:49Sydney Harbour National Park--North Head1
2019-10-20 08:15Shoalhaven Heads Inlet3
2019-10-11 09:00Comerong Island Nature Reserve3
2019-10-19 17:34Urunga Boardwalk250
2019-10-12 09:30Lake Wollumboola3
2019-10-10 07:23Wallaga Lake entrance3
2019-10-11 09:28Cattai Wetlands3
2019-10-20 09:25Farquhar Inlet, Old Bar17
2019-10-10 07:00Blair Reserve, Port Macquarie3
2019-10-19 07:45Angophora Drive to Coulls Inlet, Mallacoota3
2019-10-17 13:54Croajingolong National Park--Big Beach6