The Far East Glossy Black Project

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Sanctuaries on Private Land for the Vulnerable Glossy Black Cockatoo

The Glossy Black-Cockatoo (GBC) Calyptorhynchus lathami is the smallest of Australia’s five black cockatoos and is highly dependent on the distribution of Allocasuarina species for feed and tree hollows for breeding.

The GBC is considered vulnerable in Victoria, the main threats being reductions in food availability and nesting sites. The 2020-2021 fire season has shown how vulnerable the GBC and its habitat are, with around 70% of its Victorian habitat burnt.

This project will provide private landowners within the GBC’c known range in Victoria (the NSW border to Colquhuon Forest near Lake Tyers) with an opportunity to set aside areas as either breeding sites (hollow bearing trees) or for feeding (such as shelterbelts, windbreaks). “Stands” of Black Sheoak can be planted – preferably adjoining forested areas within its known distribution.

The project encourages people to report sightings of the species (including changes over time and notable absences) on
Birdata: https://birdata.birdlife.org.au/
iNaturalist: https://inaturalist.ala.org.au and the
Victorian Biodiversity Atlas: https://www.environment.vic.gov.au/biodiversity/victorian-biodiversity-atlas

A training event will allow landholders and other community members to:
• discover how to identify and report sightings of glossy black-cockatoos
• learn more about their breeding behaviour
• receive tips to search, field assess and report on favoured feeding and hollow-bearing trees.

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This project is supported by the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority with funding from the Victorian Government’s Biodiversity Bushfire Recovery Grants.
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