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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Reporting sightings


Have you seen any Red-tails lately? The Red-tail Recovery Team is always keen to hear of sightings of Red-tails, no matter how big or small they might be, across their range in south-eastern SA and south-western Victoria.


We accept all credible sightings and are particularly interested in sightings of single adult males and any uncommon sightings, such as those either close to or beyond what we consider their normal range, or where the birds have not been sighted for some time. Reports of adult males may help us to locate nest sites, and will provide very useful data for a current research project looking to identify and model nesting hotspots.
Over the last 12 months there have been several reports of Red-tails south of Salt Creek. While it’s not unheard of for birds to vagrant this area, sightings of Red-tails north of Kingston and around Keith are not so common and are very rarely reported to the Recovery Team. As such, we would love to hear from anyone who sees birds or finds feeding signs in this area, as well as other locations throughout the range where birds are not commonly encountered.  
All sightings are recorded in a sightings database, and are used to help us increase our knowledge and understanding of the bird’s habitat use, range extent and movement across the range from month to month and year to year.
While it is often difficult to find Red-tails, it’s easy to record a sighting. Simply phone 1800 262 062, email redtail@birdlife.org.au or report your sighting via the Red-tail website www.redtail.com.au. When reporting a sighting please remember to include: date and time, place (CFS/CFA map reference is appreciated), how many birds, what they were doing (i.e feeding, drinking, flying), and your name and phone number/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.

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  • 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