• Vicki Walsh

Yellow- tailed Black Cockatoo

Updated: Oct 25, 2021

A female Yellow Tailed Cockatoo enjoying a feast of gum nuts at McCrae on the Mornington Peninsula.


The Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo is a large cockatoo. It is easily identified by its mostly black plumage, with most body feathers edged with yellow, not visible at a distance. It has a yellow cheek patch and yellow panels on the tail. The female has a larger yellow cheek patch, pale grey eye-ring (pink in males), white upper bill (grey-black in males) and black marks in the yellow tail panels. Young birds resemble the adult female, but young males have a smaller cheek patch.












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