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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Scouting for Red-tails

Over the weekend the Casterton Scout group were treated to a talk and walk for the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo.


Six members of the scout group enjoyed an afternoon of learning, listening and locating Red-tails in the field.

Members learnt about what the cockatoos look and sound like, where they live, where they can be found, what food trees they rely on, why they are endangered and what can be done to maintain a healthy population of South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos into the future.

The talk was followed by an afternoon drive and walk through the stringybark forests of Nangeela State Forest in an effort to track down some Red-tails.  

Group members were shown what to look for when searching for Red-tails including their tell-tale feeding signs, which on this occasion proved to be a great indicator of presence.

After locating some recent chewings the group were ecstatic to come across a group of more than 100 Red-tails feeding in Desert Stringybark along Tullich Road.

This number was further exceeded by a visit to a nearby watering site, which resulted in a staggering 450+ birds coming into drink/roost – a sight which is rarely seen! This created much excitement amongst members, most of whom had never seen a Red-tail in the wild.

The group is keen to put their newly learnt skills in to practice and will be looking to take part in the annual count for the cockatoo next May.

If your group is interested in a talk and walk for Red-tails please contact the Project Coordinator on 1800 262 026 or email

Redtail News

  • Bob McPherson

    Rewards offered for Nests

    The South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Recovery Team and BirdLife Australia are calling on landholders and members of the public to report all sightings and nest activity of the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo. More
  • Photo: David Adam

    Why can’t we keep our endangered Red-tails?

    Current regulations require a specialist permit to keep Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos. This is because of the five sub-species of Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo that occur across Australia, two of these, including our very own South-eastern sub-species, are nationally threatened.

  • Geoffrey Dabb

    You've got to be nuts!

    As regular Red-tail news readers will know, seeds from the nuts or seed capsules of two stringybark eucalypts, Brown Stringybark (Eucalyptus baxteri) and Desert Stringybark (Eucalyptus arenacea) are the main year-round food of our Red-tails. More