Animal Facts

  • Genus:

    Calyptorhynchus
  • Species:

    Calyptorhynchus banksii
  • Conservation
    Status:

    Least Concern

  • Found In:

    Australia
  • Length:

    60cm
  • Weight:

    615-870g

Meet our cheeky cockatoos!

Adelaide Zoo is home to two inquisitive male Red-tailed Black Cockatoos.

Banks was donated to the zoo in 2001 and has since become a firm favourite amongst visitors. In 2006 Banks experienced a taste of the limelight as the mascot bird for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. He’s very friendly and enjoys interacting with visitors in his Wetlands Aviary habitat. His favourite treat is peanuts in the shell.

Jimmy was donated to the zoo in October 2009 when his former owned moved interstate. Like his cockatoo counterpart, Banks, he’s very friendly and loves interacting with visitors while hanging of the mesh of his aviary. As well as enjoying human company, he also loves enrichment, especially bunya pine nuts, peanut treats, pine cones and anything he can chew and play with!

Banks and Jimmy are excellent ambassadors for important conservation work happening in the field.

There are five subspecies of Red-tailed Black Cockatoos in Australia that inhabit the drier parts of the country. Although the northerly subspecies is widespread, the two southern subspecies, including the South-eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, are under threat. There are only around 1,400 of these spectacular cockies left in the wild.

The South-eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo feeds only on the fruit of native Stringybark and Buloke trees. The clearing of these vital feed trees in the south-east of South Australia and the south-west of Victoria is threatening their long-term survival in the wild.

Zoos SA in partnership with a network of local landholders in the south-east of South Australia is working together to protect and revegetate feeding and nesting habitat for this precious species.

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