Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Calyptorhynchus lathami

Glossy Black-Cockatoo

46 to 51 cm.. height and between 400 and 500 g. of weight.

The Glossy Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami) is the smallest of the 5 Black cockatoos and is restricted to the East coast of Australia (a population isolated also is reproduced in the Islands Kangaroo).

The male is brown-black color with a small crest rounded and bright Scarlet spots in the tail. The female shows spots irregular in color yellow in it head, The Scarlet patches in the tail they are permeated by narrow black bars and edges of pale yellow on the underparts of the wings.

The immature they are similar to the females, but they lack the yellow markings on the head and show different yellowish tones in the feathers, the chest and in the belly.

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Subspecies description

  • Calyptorhynchus lathami lathami

    (Temminck, 1807) – The nominal.

  • Calyptorhynchus lathami halmaturinus

    (Mathews, 1912) – Medium-size ones 48 cm. length and 510 to 515 weight g, with a wing of approximately 90 cm.. The of adults they are mainly black, dark brown in the head, the neck and the bottom of the body, and Red panels (in males) or orange-red with bars Black (in females) on tail. The female adult is also conspicuous in the head. These patches are absent from the majority of the males, Although they can be expressed faintly in a few individuals (Higgins 1999).

    The immature are similar in appearance to the male adult, but have small stains yellow in it head; spots or bars yellow in the chest, belly and flanks; yellow or orange spots on the wing (mainly on the bottom); Red or orange-yellow panels with black bars at the tail; A bill pale grey (instead of dark); And a ring of skin around the eye pale grey (instead of grey dark) (Higgins 1999, L. Pedler 2007, com. Pers.).

  • Calyptorhynchus lathami erebus

    (Schodde & Mason,IJ, 1993) – The only difference with the nominal species resides in that has the bill shorter.


Areas forested frequently dominated by casuarinas of which are highly dependent for its food. It is of small shrubs commonly known as the Sheoaks, wood for beef (Beefwood) or Australian pine. These shrubs are widespread in tropical and subtropical regions.

They are also distributed by open rainforests, difficult terrain that was not too large deforestation. They have an imperative for natural tree cavities to nest.


Forman couple during all the life. The couple has relationships throughout the year. This type of family of them parrots prefers to nest in cavities natural of the eucalyptus, whether dead or in full vitality. The nest usually placed at an altitude that ranges between the 3 and 30 meters above the ground. The cavity is filled with leaves and branches. Sometimes, together with other breeding pairs, they share the same tree year after year.

In New South Wales the season extends from March to August. The spawning It consists of a single egg white. Is the female which takes care of most tasks: It prepares the nest and incubates herself. Never leave the nest until the small is reached the age of one week. In the majority of cases, the female, the male provides food and assistance until he raised it can stand by itself in, normally four months which remains with them until the next breeding season.


It feeds almost exclusively on the seeds several species of She-oak (Casuarina and Allocasuarina). You can also sometimes eat larvae of wood-boring. They feed in threes, less frequently in pairs, small groups or flocks of up to 60 birds. They can be detected by the snapping of their beaks and the remains of the casuarina cones and twigs that fall.


Size distribution (reproduction / resident): 770.000 km2

The species is rare Although widespread in suitable forests of the central coast and forest habitats of Queensland and in the interior of the southern plateaus and Plains of the Midwest's New South Wales, with a small population in the Riverina. There is an isolated population in the Kangaroo Island, South of Australia.

Distribution of subspecies

  • Calyptorhynchus lathami lathami

    (Temminck, 1807) – The nominal.

  • Calyptorhynchus lathami halmaturinus

    (Mathews, 1912) – Kangaroo Island (South of Australia)

  • Calyptorhynchus lathami erebus

    (Schodde & Mason,IJ, 1993) – East of Australia (the central eastern coastal area of Queensland)


• Current red list category of the UICN: Least concern.

• Population trend: Decreasing.

As most of the species of parrots, the Glossy Black-Cockatoo is protected by the Convention on international trade in endangered species of Fauna and Flora Silvestres ( CITES ), with its inclusion in the list of the Appendix II of vulnerable species, What makes the import, the export and trade of animals captured in the wild is illegal.

Justification of the population

Garnett and Crowley (2000) estimated the size of the population in the following way: 12.000 individuals of the subspecies lathami, 70 breeding pairs of the subspecies halmaturinus (equivalent to 140 individuals) and 5.000 individuals of the subspecies erebus giving a total of 17.140 individuals.

Justification of trend

They suspected that the population is declining in general Since the largest subpopulation, lathami, It is slowly decreasing throughout its range. However it is believed that the subspecies Erebus is increasing and the subspecies halmaturinus It is increasing as a result of conservation efforts in the Island Ganguro (Garnett and Crowley 2000).

Cockatoo in captivity lustrous:

Like the other black cockatoos, the Glossy Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami) is extremely rare in the poultry. In Australia It has attained breed in captivity.

Alternative names:

Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Casuarina Cockatoo, Casuarine Cockatoo, Latham’s Cockatoo, Leach’s Black-Cockatoo, Leach’s Red-tailed Cockatoo, Nutcracker (English).
Cacatoès de Latham, Cacatoès noir étincelant (French).
Braunkopfkakadu (German).
Cacatua-preto-brilhante (Portuguese).

Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Cockatoo
Scientific name: Calyptorhynchus lathami
Genus: Calyptorhynchus
Citation: (Temminck, 1807)
Protonimo: Psittacus Lathami

Images Calyptorhynchus lathami:


Glossy Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami)

– Parrots of the World – Forshaw Joseph M
– Parrots A Guide to the Parrots of the World – Tony Juniper & Mike Parr

Photos:, The Glossy Black Conservancy,

Sounds: Nigel Jackett (Xeno-canto)

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