The Great Inland Glossy Cockatoo Count

Male and female glossy black cockatoos in the trees, Pilliga National Park, 2019. Photo: Tammy Kuijpers © DPIE

Inland glossy black-cockatoos are found in declining numbers in NSW. You can help the National Parks and Wildlife Service conserve this listed vulnerable species by taking part in a glossy count across three national parks in February.

The glossy black-cockatoo is around 46-50cm long and is the smallest of the black-cockatoos. It is a brownish black colour and has a small crest. The male has a browner colour on the head and underparts and bright red panels in the black tail. The female may have yellow markings around the head and has a wider tail which is red to reddish-yellow, barred with black. The glossy black-cockatoo feeds mostly on casuarinas and nests in suitable hollows in both living and dead eucalyptus trees.

Volunteer for this coordinated count of the inland glossy. Book online by the Wednesday prior to the counts at:

Pilliga Forest, Pilliga National Park: Saturday 13 February 2021
Goonoo National Park: Saturday 20 February 2021
Goobang National Park: Saturday 27 February 2021

You can choose to volunteer at one or multiple sites. Bring a pair of binoculars and a notepad. You’ll be trained on the day on how to use your binoculars, and about bird ID and methods.