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Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Peter Day
Springs Rd Nature Reserve, Adelaide, South Australia, December 2013

Alternative name: Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

Zanda funerea

Calyptorhynchus funereus


Photo © by Hans&Judy Beste
Taromeo, S.E. Queensland, October 2018

55-60 cm (21½-23½ in)

  • Black overall plumage with paler feather-margins on upperparts
  • Buff feather edges on wing-coverts
  • Pale yellow patches in the tail


  • Black bill
  • Yellow patch ear coverts
  • Reddish eye-ring

Females and immatures: grey eye-ring, light-coloured bill, brighter, more clearly-defined yellow cheek-patch.


Australia: found from Queensland along the coast to Victoria and eastern South Australia, and in addition Tasmania and islands in Bass Strait.



Three subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • Z. f. funereus:
  • Z. f. whiteae:
  • South East Australia (southern Victoria to Eyre Peninsula) and Kangaroo Island
  • Z. f. xanthanotus:


Woodland, plantations and urban areas.



Their main diet consists of seeds of native trees and pine cones, also insects and the larvae of tree-boring beetles and moths.


The pair construct the nest, which is a large tree hollow, lined with wood chips. The clutch consists of 1-2 eggs which are incubated by the female, while the male supplies the food. A single chick survives, and is cared for for six months.


kee-ahh call
Recorded by Azzy
Hale Conservation Park, South Australia, March 2009


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2016)
  3. Beauty of Birds

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