Yellow-Tailed Black-Cockatoo - Calyptorhynchus lathami

Yellow-Tailed Black-Cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus lathami

Family: Cacatuidae (Cockatoos, 14 species in Australia)
Size: 56-66 cm
Distribution: Within about 150 km of the coast of NSW, VIC, eastern SA and southern QLD, all of TAS
Status: Common
Habitat: Open forests, farms, pines
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest

A common bird in the Blue Mountains, particularly in the upper mountains. It has a yellow patch on the side of its head, and yellow under the tail. The Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoo is not generally found in the Blue Mountains and does not have a coloured patch on the side of its head.

It has a screeching call that sounds a lot like an eagle or other bird of prey.

Yellow-Tailed Black-Cockatoo - Calyptorhynchus lathami
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (1828 x 1776)

Yellow-Tailed Black-Cockatoo - Calyptorhynchus lathami
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.

Some Birdwatching Resources


Field Guide to Australian Birds, by Michael Morcombe Field Guide to Australian Birds, by Michael Morcombe. This one has colour drawings of the eggs and the nests which not many other field guides do (I can't think of any that do). It's an excellent field guide and one of the four main ones (the other three being above this one). The weakness of this field guide is that some of the pictures of the birds aren't as good (or accurate) as the other three most used field guides. It's also the heaviest though there is a pocket edition which is much smaller and lighter.

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase from Australia (Angus & Robertson)


Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Nicolas Day, Ken Simpson, Peter Trusler Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Nicolas Day, Ken Simpson, Peter Trusler.This is known to birdwatchers as "Simpson and Day". I like the pictures in this one the best out of all the major field guides. The information is still very highly regarded compared to most of the other guides. Many serious birdwatchers think "Pizzey and Knight" (listed here) is the best though. I bought this one since I liked the pictures so much I figured (correctly) that I would spend more time looking through it. I feel that I made the right choice since I love the pictures in this one so much. I have the 6th edition, the current one is the updated version of the 8th edition, which has a different colour cover to the original 8th edition with a black cover. I'm not sure why they haven't called this the 9th edition.

Purchase 8th ed. updated from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase 8th ed. updated from Australia (Angus & Robertson)

Click here to purchase 8th ed. updated version from Australia (The Nile)

Click here to purchase from Australia (Fishpond)

Click here to purchase 8th ed. original version from Amazon

See Also

Australian Bird Field Guides

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