Carnaby and Red-tail Black Cockatoos
Swanbourne and Allen Park Precinct residents, along with Seaward Village residents, are privileged to share a quiet community, green spaces and bushland with endangered Black Cockatoos.
There are 5 species of the black cockatoo and two of them, the Carnaby (named in honour of Ivan Carnaby) and Red-tail both forage in the Allen Park Precinct between February and August each year. They fly from their nesting site around Underwood Avenue in Floreat during these months and make their way each morning the 6km flight path searching for food through large areas of foraging habitat. As more and more of this bushland is eaten into by development, fewer numbers of black cockatoos are frequenting the area.
Swanbourne's Black Cockatoo Watch is encouraging everyone who sights a black cockatoo locally (either Carnaby’s or Red-tail) to post on the Facebook page. If possible, include a photo and any details you have such as the location they were spotted and the time of day. We are interested to know where these fascinating birds are travelling throughout the day, so timings and locations of sightings will help us piece together a map of their route. We would also love to know what the cockatoos were doing and feeding on at the time.
Our aim is to learn everything we can about them, to help preserve the flocks for future generations. We want to learn about and care for their habitat: the bushland and vegetation on which they feed, whilst keeping the area quiet enough for them to flourish. We strive to be able to respectfully share them with visitors who come here to see them and their bushland home, both now and in the future.