Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo feeding on Bottle Brush seeds

The Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynus latirostris) is endemic to Western Australia and highly endangered. A recent report found that it may disappear from the Perth region within 15 years LINK.

“The cockatoo is a seed-eater, feeding mainly on the kernels of proteaceous plants like Grevellea, Dryandra and Banksia. The cockatoo bites and tears open the thick woody capsule and cones that enclose the seed.

“The video above shows the cockatoo handling the fruiting head of the Bottle Brush (Callistemon sp.) while perching on a street lamp. Using one foot to hold on to the fruiting head, it uses its bill to extract the seeds. Inedible parts are spitted out.


“The above shows the cockatoo diving onto a Bottle Brush shrub from a high wire.

“With its highly versatile tongue, it extracts the seeds from the bottle fruiting head, as shown in the above clip.

“This cockatoo was filmed near the High School at Pemberton, Western Australia.”

Teo Lee Wei & K.
Singapore
23rd August 2014

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