Help our Red-tails

Fence off existing stands of Stringybark and Buloke and scattered paddock trees on your property, to protect from stock damage and to allow for natural regeneration.

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Incentives for nests

Incentive payments are again being offered to landholders and members of the public for the discovery of new nests sites as part of the Red-tail Nest Incentive Scheme.

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Join the count

Although we can’t guarantee you’ll see a Red-tail on the day, we’re sure you’ll enjoy a fun day out in the bush searching for our colourful cockatoos.

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Report your cocky sightings!

Tim Burnard
The Recovery Team and BirdLife Australia are again urging the public to report all sightings of the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo in preparation for the 2016 annual count, which will be held on Saturday 7 May.


At this time each year we call upon landholders and members of the public to report all sightings of Red-tails to maximise the number of cockatoos counted on the day.

Pre-count sighting information helps us to strategically situate volunteers participating on the day in areas where birds have been recently seen.

We are particularly interested in reports of Red-tails drinking at troughs or dams, as this is where we tend to count big numbers of birds on the day.
The success of the count relies heavily on this information.

If you see Red-tails between now and May don’t store them up, get in contact and let us know as it will make all the difference. Sightings can be reported through the website by clicking here or by calling Freecall 1800 262 062.
Make sure to provide your contact details, the date and time of the sighting, estimate of the number of Red-tails observed, the location and grid reference for the sighting and some information about what the birds were doing ie feeding, drinking, flying etc.

We are also looking for volunteers to assist with the 2016 Red-tail Annual Count. If you are interested in participating please contact Bronwyn Perryman, Project Coordinator on 1800 262 062 or via email

For more information about what’s involved on the day visit our annual counts page by clicking here.

We look forward to receiving your reports!

Redtail News

  • Camila De Gregorio

    Fine Artwork features Red-tails

    Eggpicnic is a design studio set up by two Sydney based artists who create fine art bird & animal prints and toys. Their artwork features our very own Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo. A small percentage of the profit made from sales of this print goes to support the work done by BirdLife Australia. Please read on to learn more about Eggpicnic and their love for birds and Red-tails. More
  • Photo: Mike Sverns

    We need help to find Red-tails

    The Recovery Team and BirdLife Australia are urging anyone who sees Red-tails across their range in the South-East of South Australia and South West Victoria to report their sightings to the Project Coordinator as soon as possible.