The Nature Conservation Trust’s (NCT) conservation work on private lands is helping to protect habitat for a range of cockatoos, including the glossy black and gang gang cockatoo species. Both cockatoos are NCT priority flagship species and have been identified because they are often found in urban areas. Unfortunately, some of Australia’s most striking cockatoos, like the gang gang and glossy back, are also those most threatened with extinction.
The loss and degradation of the cockatoo’s specialized habitat, especially, is exacting a terrible toll on cockatoo numbers and the gang gang and glossy black species are two species most at risk.
The NCT is working with private land owners to protect the foraging and nesting trees that the cockatoos depend on, and to implement better land management practices that give these impressive species a fighting chance. Negotiating management agreements and land covenants over rural properties containing vital cockatoo habitat is a crucial recovery strategy.
The glossy black cockatoo is generally smaller than other black cockatoos and is a highly selective feeder, preferring to eat the seeds of mature casuarina (or sheoak) trees. Scientists estimate that the birds spend at least 88 per cent of their time foraging.
The gang gang cockatoo is generally found in tall mountain forests and woodlands, particularly in heavily timbered and mature wet sclerophyll forests. The gang gang cockatoo is threatened in NSW.