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Revegetating Habitat for the Black Cockatoo

Project overview

Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris), also known as the Short-billed Black Cockatoo, and the Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorynchus banksii subsp. naso) are endemic to southwest Western Australia where historical large-scale clearing for farming has fragmented much of their habitat. The species is classified as endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conversation Act (EPBC) under Commonwealth legislation and as specially protected fauna under the Western Australian Wildlife Conservation Act.

The cockatoos have taken up residence in the Maritime pine trees (Pinus pinaster) situated on Curtin University’s site, which provides them with an important habitat for food and roosting. However, many of the mature pine trees, which are remnants of 1930s pine plantation, are nearing the end of their lifespan, which poses a further threat to the Black Cockatoo.

black cockatoo on tree branch with bright blue sky

Project features

To improve the food source for the Black Cockatoo, Curtin University has installed a variety of mature tree and tube stock of high priority feeding trees, on site, including Tuart (Eucalyptus gomphocephala), Marri (Corymbia calophylla), Banksia (Banksia grandis and Bankisa menzies), Willow myrtle (Agonsi Flexuosa) and Red-flowering gum (Corymbia ficifolia). This planting program will continue into future years.

Degraded wetlands around Jack Finney Lake, adjacent to the University’s Kent Street entrance, are also being revegetated with large trees, including Flooded Gum (Eucalyptus rudis), Banksia (Banksia littoralis), macadamia and almond, to provide an additional food source for the Black Cockatoo.

ground image of new plantings

Project benefits

A key target is to revegetate a minimum of 1 hectare of land each year until 2020 for Black Cockatoo habitat improvement.

The initiative is part of both Curtin’s Black Cockatoo Action Plan 2016- 2018 and the Curtin University Urban Forest Action Plan 2014-2020.