Carnaby’s Cockatoo

(Calyptorhynchus latirostris)


Conservation status

Federal (Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999): Endangered

State (Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 WA): Vulnerable

International (IUCN): Endangered

Impacts of logging on Carnaby’s

Like the Baudin’s and Red-tailed Black Cockatoos, Carnaby’s are reliant on nesting hollows that only form in very old trees. Logging and clearing also reduce the availability of food and Carnaby’s have now adapted to eating introduced plants, particularly pine nuts in the south-west plantations. They have become so reliant on pine in some areas that the clearing of pine trees now needs to be carefully managed to take Carnaby’s food requirements into account. Where pine plantations are being cleared and the land rehabilitated with native vegetation the time lag until the restored vegetation can supply food is too long for the birds that are relying on the existing food supply. Their northern population, around the Swan Coastal Plain, is particularly endangered and the jarrah forests where they continue to find nesting and food supplies must be urgently protected.