Carnaby's black cockatoo

Landcare SJ helping to save endangered Black Cockatoos

A four-year-old Carnaby’s cockatoo  has gone against the odds and is raising a nestling in one of 62 artificial hollows installed near Badgingarra in the midwest. Wildlife officer Rick Dawson said she didn’t waste any time, laying the egg within four days of the hollows being installed, and bucking the trend which sees most early attempts to breed fail. The nestling is now five weeks old and Rick has high hopes it will fledge in January.

Photo courtesy of Rick Dawson (DPAW)

Photo courtesy of Rick Dawson (DPAW)

 

After ten years of research and development, the COCKATUBE project is gaining traction. With Carnaby’s cockatoo numbers declining by 15% per year and predicted extinction by 2030, the cockatube is an important tool in the recovery project, and may well reverse the declining trend.

 

 

Many thanks to the Board of Landcare SJ for their faith in the project, to our countless volunteers – your contributions have been immensely important. To our supporters and partners, especially WA Museum, Department of Parks and Wildlife, WA Environmental Enterprises, John Poole, PHCC, SWCC, Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale and others, please rejoice in the part you have played. Special thanks to Alan, Wayne and Byford EnviroLink – a big part of the design, installation and construction team. Can we save a species from the brink of extinction? YES WE CAN!
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carnaby's black cockatoo chick

Cockatube Artificial Hollows Help Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo Recovery

Monitoring the effectiveness of the Landcare SJ COCKATUBE ® at a Black Cockatoo breeding site.

 

Alan, Neil and Francis, from LandcareSJ, visited the Department of Parks and Wildlife trial site north of Cataby.

They were assisting DAFWA Senior Wildlife Officer, Rick Dawson, to monitor natural and artificial hollows.

Monitoring the site includes weighing, measuring and banding the Black Cockatoo chicks before returning them to their nests.

 

 

 

There are 60 Cockatubes ® at this site, designed and built by Landcare SJ.

These Cockatubes have lifted the Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo breeding attempts at this site from 41 to 101 over the last two years.

Some birds that have previously fledged from Landcare SJ artificial hollows at this site have returned to breed.

 

 

 

 

Congratulations Parks and Wildlife on your continuing commitment and success in Black Cockatoo recovery.

 

 

 

Carnaby’s black cockatoo numbers ‘increase dramatically’ with artificial hollows

Landcare SJ artificial nesting hollows are helping revive the numbers of the critically endangered Carnaby’s black cockatoo, after it lost part of its breeding heartland to bushfire in Western Australia.