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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Last Chance to Register for 2013 Red-tail Annual Count

The 2013 South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Annual Count will be held next Saturday 4 May 2013. There are several sites still available so please REGISTER NOW to secure a spot.

Photo: Melanie Plummer

With the Annual Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Count less than two weeks away, more volunteers are needed to join in the search for one of the region’s most endangered birds, the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo. The annual Red-tail count will be held on Saturday 4 May, with volunteers searching for the birds across south-eastern SA and south-western Victoria. All you have to do is drive along some tracks in the stringybark forest, listening for the distinctive call of the Red-tail.

“Around 160 volunteers from all walks of life take part in the count, and while many are from our own region, others travel from as far away as Melbourne and Adelaide,” said Bronwyn Perryman, Project Coordinator of BirdLife Australia’s south-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Recovery Program. “Anyone can request to search a particular area of forest when they register.”

“We are also encouraging landholders with stringybark on their property to join in the fun and register to search their own land on the day,” continued Bronwyn.

“Last year we counted a record-breaking 1468 Red-tails, and this year we hope to better this tally. The count’s success over the years is due to the outstanding effort and commitment of people who volunteer to assist us,” she said. “Many of them return year after year to search for Red-tails in their favourite haunts.”

If you are unsure what a Red-tail looks or sounds like, please browse our website. Here you will find plenty of images and hear what they sound like. You can also attend a brief training session in Casterton or Struan on the morning of the count, starting at 9:00 am (local time) for a quick chat, followed by a short drive to a spot where Red-tails have been seen recently.

Our only recommendation is that you travel in a 4WD, as most sites contain at least some sandy or muddy tracks, but if you are in a 2WD, let us know when you register and we’ll find a suitable site for you.

Each year the count concludes with an informal camp-out at the end of the day at Bailey’s Rocks, near Dergholm, Victoria, and all our counters are invited. 

“We can’t guarantee you will see a Red-tail on the day, but we can guarantee you’ll have a fantastic day out in the bush.”

If you would like to register for the count please contact Bronwyn Perryman on 1800 262 062 or email

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.