A flock of Carnaby's Black Cockatoos.
 / ©: Dejan Stojanovic / Birdlife Australia

Black cockatoos

WWF-Australia has developed and supported on-ground conservation projects for black cockatoos around Australia, with an increasing focus in recent years on the white-tailed black cockatoos of Southwest Australia.
Carnaby’s and Baudin’s white-tailed black cockatoos are found only in the internationally-recognised biodiversity hotspot known as the Southwest Australia Ecoregion.

Black cockatoos are highly visible birds. With characteristic haunting cries and big personalities they are well-loved in Western Australia. Their range extends over a large part of the ecoregion, making them ideal conservation ‘flagships’ for the fauna and flora of this area.




What WWF is doing to protect black cockatoos

WWF-Australia is campaigning for the protection of habitat for black cockatoos across the rapidly expanding Perth metropolitan area. We are also calling for the establishment of an orchard-netting assistance scheme to help protect cockatoos from illegal shooting.

Dr Denis Saunders, former President of WWF-Australia, is one of the world’s leading experts on Carnaby’s cockatoos, having studied this species extensively from the late 1960s.
Read what Dr Saunders has to say about Carnaby’s cockatoos. or download his original PhD thesis, titled The Biology of the Short-Billed Form of the White-Tailed Black Cockatoo (PDF - 14.3mB).


Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo Recovery Project 2007–2009


From 2007–2009 WWF managed Birdlife Australia’s Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo Recovery Project. This multi-faceted initiative incorporates on-ground habitat protection and management, research, education and awareness-raising.

WWF has handed management of the project back to Birds Australia but continues to support the project as a member of the Project Advisory Group. Countless volunteers continue to monitor cockatoos in both the Wheatbelt and Perth regions.