Feeding in mine-site rehabilitation by threatened black cockatoos


Forest red-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso)
Forest red-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso)

 

Colleagues of mine (Jess Lee et al.) at Murdoch University have just had this paper published in Australian Journal of Zoology. Jess studied black cockatoo ecology at a mine site in the jarrah forest for her PhD, similar to the work I did my honours on. They found that within eight years of revegetation cockatoos started feeding in mine site rehab on fast-growing proteaceous and myrtaceous species. This study highlights the importance of providing food resources for mobile, threatened species in production landscapes.

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