Black Cockatoos

Cockatoos come in several colors, including black. There are six cockatoos with beautiful black plumage, five classified under the subfamily Calyptorhynchinae, and one from the genus Probosciger

Like all cockatoos, these birds are native to Australia. They are social birds, moving about in flocks and often preening each other’s feathers out of affection.

Black Cockatoos

List of Cockatoos with Black Plumage

This list is about the cockatoo species that have black plumage. Underneath each bird, their sub-species have been added if available.

Black Cockatoos

Black-and-red Cockatoos

  • Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
    • South-eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
    • Great-billed Cockatoo
    • Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
    • C. b. banksii
    • C. b. samueli
  • Glossy Black Cockatoo
    • C. l. lathami
    • C. l. erebus
    • C. l. Halmaturinus

Black-and-yellow Cockatoos

  • Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
    • Eastern yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
    • Southern yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
  • Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo
  • Baudin’s Black Cockatoo

Palm Cockatoos

  • Great Black Cockatoo
    • P. a. stenolophus
    • P. a. goliath
    • P. a. aterrimus
    • P. a. macgillivrayi 

Where are Black Cockatoos Found

While these birds have become more widespread, they predominantly live in certain parts of Australia.

  • Red-tailed Black Cockatoo – Northern Western Australia, Northern Territory, and Queensland, but also in southern Victoria.
  • Glossy Black Cockatoo – Eastern New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria.
  • Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo – Southern Queensland and Victoria, and eastern South Australia.
  • Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo – Southwestern Western Australia.
  • Baudin’s Black Cockatoo – Southwestern Western Australia
  • Great Black Cockatoo – Cape York Peninsula and north Queensland, but predominantly found around Papua New Guinea.

Are Black Cockatoos at Risk

While the Red-tailed and Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos are classified as “Least Concern,” the others are not so lucky. The Palm Cockatoo is “Near Threatened,” the Glossy Black Cockatoo is “Vulnerable,” the Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo is “Endangered,” and the Baudin’s Black Cockatoo is “Critically Endangered’ and the most at risk.