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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Cockies gain currency

The charismatic Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo is the first of five species of Australian Birds to feature in a new series of commemorative coins produced by The Perth Mint.

With its vividly coloured tail feathers, prodigious size and charismatic nature, the Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo has long captured people’s imagination. Long before the arrival of Europeans, this cockatoo was a totemic species for many Indigenous Australians across the continent, and today they are still regarded as an ‘iconic’ species by many people of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds.

First formally described after being collected at the Endeavour River in North Queensland during Captain Cook’s first Pacific voyage of discovery, the species is the most widespread of the black-cockatoos, occurring across many regions of Australia’s mainland, where there are five different subspecies.
In some areas the species is readily seen and may even seem rather common, but in other parts of Australia the numbers of these black-cockatoos have declined to disturbingly low levels. For example, the subspecies that straddles the border between south-western Victoria and south-eastern South Australia is currently regarded as Endangered, while the birds that occur in the South West of Western Australia are considered Vulnerable.
BirdLife Australia is working hard to protect these threatened cockatoos, with the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Recovery Project active in engaging local communities and protecting and regenerating suitable habitat, and BirdLife Australia’s conservation program in Western Australia is expanding to include the threatened birds in the South West.

Recognising the charm of the species, The Perth Mint has produced an impressive commemorative ½ ounce silver proof coin which features a beautiful image of a male Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo surrounded by sprays of native flora. The image highlights the bird’s vivid blood-red tail feathers contrasting with its otherwise sooty plumage.

An extremely limited number of these 99.9% pure silver coins have been produced (just 10,000 were minted), with each housed in a customised presentation box with a certificate of authenticity. They are sure to be popular with coin collectors and bird lovers alike. The cost is $67.50. Other species due to be featured in future releases in this series include the Budgerigar, Regent Bowerbird, Rainbow Lorikeet and Superb Fairy-wren.

What a great way to spread the word about the plight of these charismatic Australians.

John Peters, Senior Editor and Writer, BirdLife Australia

To find out more about this coin and/or how to purchase other coins in the ‘Birds of Australia’ series, visit The Perth Mint’s website by clicking here or call Tollfree 1300 663 991.


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.