WA Birds 11. Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo to Night Parrot


Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (photographs)

Calyptorhynchus banksii

Three WA races in the south west, Murchison / Pilbara and the north.  The northern race macrorhynchus is very common in the Kimberley near Wyndham, Kununurra, Argyle Diamond Mine, Derby, Broome.  I have seen the Murchison/Pilbara race samueli at White Wells Station, near Payne's Find, near the Billabong Roadhouse and near Carbla Bore.  Its distribution extends south to the northern and north eastern wheatbelt.  The south west race naso can usually be found at Wungong Gorge / Bungendore State Forest where some breed, and along the Murray River valley near Nanga Mill.  Seen near Boyagin Rock.  Its distribution extends north to about Gingin.


Short-billed Black-Cockatoo (photographs)

Calyptorhynchus latirostris

Endemic.  Common in many places in the south west.  Seen at Kings Park, Wungong Gorge / Bungendore State Forest, Perry Lakes, Stirling Ranges (breeding in wandoo), Waychinicup, Albany, Lake Muir, near Geraldton, Cape Le Grande and Esperance.  Its distribution limit is roughly the line from Kalbarri to Esperance.


Long-billed Black-Cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus baudinii

Endemic.  Usually harder to find than Short-billed.  The best place is Wungong Gorge.  Seen at Waychinicup, Albany, Augusta and north of Lake Muir.  The bill is distinctly longer and the call is very similar but distinctly different than the Short-billed Black-Cockatoo.  Its distribution limit is roughly the line from Perth to Albany.


Galah (photographs)

Cacatua roseicapilla

Common and widespread over much of WA especially in the drier areas but spreading into the south west.  Fairly common now around Perth and even seen at Rottnest Island.


Long-billed Corella (introduced) (photograph)

Cacatua tenuirostris

Seen at Lake Monger, Perry Lakes, Chidley Point Golf Course, Guildford, Manning Lake, and near ALCOA Wellard Wetlands.  Usually found in a mixed flock with Little Corella.  A pair inspecting tree hollows at Bungendore State Forest in August 1998.


Western Corella

Cacatua pastinator

Endemic.  There are two races.  The southern race is fairly easily found along the Muirs Highway between Rocky Gully and Manjimup, especially in the vicinity of Lake Muir.  The wheatbelt race can be found along the Avon River between Northam and Toodyay in a mixed flock with Little Corella.  They can also be found north of Perth at least to Dongara.  The bill is distinctly longer and there is more red on the face and throat than Little Corella.


Little Corella (photographs)

Cacatua sanguinea

Very common in the Kimberley especially near towns.  Up to 10,000 seen near the dairy farm and the research station in Kununurra.  Seen mating at the Argyle Diamond Mine.  Seen in Paraburdoo, Karratha, Millstream Chichester, Exmouth, Carnarvon and Dongara.  Large mixed flocks with Western Corellas at New Norcia, Bindoon and along the Avon River between Toodyay and Northam.  Numbers building up in Perth with flocks mixed with Long-billed Corellas at Lake Monger, Perry Lakes, Lake Claremont and Langley Park.


Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo (photographs)

Cacatua leadbeateri

Uncommon.  Common at Eyre Bird Observatory.  Seen at Wolf Creek Crater, Gibson Desert.  Reported at Beacon.


Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Cacatua galerita

Fairly common in the east Kimberley.  More likely along watercourses.  Most likely at Point Springs Nature Reserve near Kununurra.  Seen at Kununurra, Argyle Diamond Mine, creek crossings on Great Northern Highway.  There is a small escaped flock at Lake McLarty and a few near Guildford.



Nymphicus hollandicus

Nomadic.  Occurs through most of arid to semi arid WA.  Seen in the Kimberley, Cue, Gunbarrel Highway.


Rainbow Lorikeet (photograph)

Trichoglossus haematodus

Red-collared race rubritorquis common throughout the Kimberley.  The nominate race is now well established throughout the Perth metropolitan area.


Varied Lorikeet

Psitteuteles versicolor

Fairly common throughout the Kimberley.  Seasonal in different areas.  Mainly seen in the wet season at Argyle Diamond Mine.


Purple-crowned Lorikeet

Glossopsitta porphyrocephala

Occurs south west of the line from Shark Bay to Eucla especially where there are flowering eucalypts.  Seen at Dryandra State Forest, Stirling Ranges, Jerramungup, Fitzgerald River, Albany, Hyden, McDermid Rock and Rottnest Island.


Red-winged Parrot

Aprosmictus erythropterus

Common in most of the Kimberley.


Regent Parrot

Polytelis anthopeplus

Seen at Mandurah, near Lake McLarty, between Narrogin and Wagin, near Jerramungup, Stirling Ranges, Ludlow State Forest.


Princess Parrot (photographs)

Polytelis alexandrae

Fairly common along the Canning Stock Route between wells 37 and 42 (especially near Lake Tobin) in July 1993.


Northern Rosella

Platycercus venustus

My favourite parrot.  Fairly common around Argyle Diamond Mine and Kununurra.  Very common on Koolan Island.  Quite common in the north Kimberley.  They seem to prefer eucalypt woodland especially near rocky slopes.


Western Rosella (photographs)

Platycercus icterotis

Endemic.  Widespread in forests in the south west.  Very easily found at Wungong Gorge, Ludlow State Forest, Porongorups, Albany, Manjimup, Pemberton, etc.  Seen at Wave Rock near Hyden.


Australian Ringneck (photographs)

Barnardius zonarius

Common throughout the Pilbara and the southern half of WA.  It is much smaller in the north.  Race semitorquatus with the green belly is in the south west but it intergrades with the nominate race zonarius with a yellow belly.


Red-capped Parrot (photograph)

Purpureicephalus spurius

Endemic.  Widespread in forests in the south west.  Very easily found at Bungendore State Forest, Yanchep, Thomsons Lake, Ludlow State Forest, etc.  Usually seen at Waychinicup, Two People's Bay, Augusta, etc.  Seen in Applecross.


Blue Bonnet (Naretha race)

Northiella haematogaster

Rare in WA.  Reported as almost common near Rawlinna.  Reported fairly often on Arubiddy Station and occasionally near the Eyre Bird Observatory.


Mulga Parrot (photographs)

Psephotus varius

Seen at Nallan Station, Yalgoo, Carnarvon, White Wells Station, Warne River, Carbla Bore, Hyden.


Budgerigar (photographs)

Melopsittacus undulatus

Occurs throughout most of the inland and moves to more coastal areas in some seasons.  Very common at times at Argyle Diamond Mine and Broome, and then absent for long periods.  Seen at Carnarvon, Mullewa, Cue, Payne's Find, Jerramungup, Gunbarrel Highway, Gibson Desert.


Bourke’s Parrot (photograph)

Neopsephotus bourkii

Not often reported.  Fairly common at Nallan Station.  Seen between Cue and Walga Rock.  Seen in the Gibson Desert Nature Reserve.  Reported at Carbla Bore.


Elegant Parrot (photographs)

Neophema elegans

Occurs mostly in the south west but it can extend as far north as Exmouth.  Seen at Bungendore State Forest, near Lake McLarty, Dryandra State Forest, Flynn Road, Stirling Ranges, Albany, Mt Barker, Ludlow State Forest.


Rock Parrot

Neophema petrophila

Occurs along the coast as far north as Shark Bay.  Common at the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse.  Fairly common at Albany, Rottnest Island.  Seen at Cape Le Grande, Augusta, Hamelin Bay, Eyre Bird Observatory, Bremer Bay.  Reported to be common at Lancelin.


Scarlet-chested Parrot

Neophema splendida

Rare in Australia.  Reported along the Ann Beadell Highway, Plumridge Lakes.


Ground Parrot

Pezoporus wallicus

Very rare in WA.  Reported at Fitzgerald River, Waychinicup, Cape Arid, and possible at West Cape Howe.


Night Parrot

Pezoporus occidentalis

Possibly extinct?  Unconfirmed reports from various places.


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