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Female Glossy Black Cockatoo: Photo Greg Snell Tourism Australia.
Photo: Female Glossy Black Cockatoo: Photo Greg Snell Tourism Australia.
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Glossy Black Cockatoo, Australia

Map showing Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia: South Australia National Parks.

Birdlife

Birdlife on Kangaroo Island include the Glossy Black Cockatoo, a parrot. Also called the Casuarina Black Cockatoo, this bird is closely related to the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo. These birds can be seen on the island in the forests and woodlands, feeding on seeds of the Casuarina she-oak tree, featured in the photo.

Parrots, a protected species can be found living in the wild in many parts of Australia. Cockatoos have showy crests and curved bills and tend to be larger than other parrots. They also have short legs with strong claws and will use their beak to climb up trees. They also are very fast flyers. See Crested Cockatoo.

Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo island, covering over 4,500 sq. kms., is a beautiful natural place with diverse flora and fauna that had escaped the ravages of fox, rabbit and human population since the 1800s. More than a third of the island is dedicated to natural reserves and parks, leading to the island’s pristine coastline and making it one of the best places to spot native wildlife in the bush.

The parrot in the photo is a native of Kangaroo Island, just off the coast of South Australia: Kangaroo Island SA.

Other native animals found here include gray kangaroos, wallabees, possums, bandicoots and possums. More about Kangaroo Island.

Getting to Kangaroo Island

You can either fly here by air to Kingscote Airport from Adelaide or you can take the ferry with your car to and from Penneshaw, American River and Kingscote. Note however, certain roads on the island are unsealed, if your hiring a car on the mainland and taking it to Kangaroo Island, it is important to clear it with your car hire company as it may not be covered in insurance. You can hire cars there. There are also shuttle services available.

Further Reading

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

About SA National Parks

Nearby parks include Coffin Bay National Park, the Gawler Ranges National Park, the Nullarbor National Park and the Great Australian Bight Marine Park.

More about the National Parks in SA: South Australia National Parks, South Australia National Parks.

Parks in the SA Outback: Flinders Ranges & The Outback and the The Arkaba Walk - Flinders Ranges and the beautiful wilderness of Witjira National Park, South Australia.

National Parks

About the National Parks in Australia: Australia National Parks.

Australian World Heritage Sites

World Heritage Sites in Australia: World Heritage Sites Found in Australia.

SA Accommodation

Find Hotels and other accommodation in South Australia: Hotels in Australia.

Main Photo: Female Glossy Black Cockatoo: Photo Greg Snell Tourism Australia.

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