Short-billed Black-cockatoo, Short-billed Black Cockatoo, Carnaby's Cockatoo, Short-billed Black-Cockatoo, Slender-billed Black-Cockatoo

Short-billed Black-cockatoo, Short-billed Black Cockatoo, Carnaby's Cockatoo, Short-billed Black-Cockatoo, Slender-billed Black-Cockatoo

Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Short-billed Black-cockatoo, Short-billed Black Cockatoo, Carnaby's Cockatoo, Short-billed Black-Cockatoo, Slender-billed Black-Cockatoo by Paula Wiegmink
Species Info
Status: 
Endangered
Family: 
CACATUIDAE
Order: 
PSITTACIFORMES
Genus: 
Zanda
Species: 
latirostris
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
(Carnaby, 1948)
Synonyms: 
Calyptorhynchus latirostris
Medium: 
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Statement: 
The Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo - [Calyptorhynchus latirostris Cacatuidae] is also known as the Short-billed cockatoo] This large black cockatoo is endemic to southwest Western Australia and they nest in the hollows of eucalyptus and wandoo trees. They feed on a variety of native seeds, insect larvae and introduced plant species. Large-scale clearing for farming has fragmented much of their habitat and the loss of native food sources caused by development. Illegal poaching is still a threat and the loss of habitat destroyed by bushfires. I have the pleasure of seeing these birds where I live in Western Australia. The are extremely raucous and you often hear them before you see them. They fly over my house in flocks and can be seen at the top of the tall gum trees in a local park. The common bottlebrush (Grevilea) trees are a favourite when in bloom. They strip the trees in minutes leaving a carpet of red flowers on the ground. They are very popular birds for artists to paint in Western Australia.