This park is a foraging and breeding habitat of the Glossy Black Cockatoo, an endagered species, only found on Kangaroo Island.
Where to find them
Glossy black-cockatoos (glossies) feed during the day returning to their nests at dusk. Look for sheoak ‘chewings’; ground up sheoak cones discarded by feeding glossies and listen for their call or the crunch as they chew on sheoak seeds.
The endangered SA glossy black-cockatoo is only found on Kangaroo Island. Due to loss of nesting and feeding habitat, by 1996 the population had declined to less than 200 birds. The population is now actively managed by the Glossy Black-Cockatoo Recovery Program to prevent extinction. Nests are protected from predators. Feeding and nesting habitat is protected and revegetated. The population has now grown to approximately 360 birds.
A medium-sized black cockatoo, about 48 cm tall, with a red tail. Adult females have yellow patches on their neck and head and black barring on their red tails. Adult males have a dark black-brown head and no barring on their red tail.
Glossy black-cockatoos feed only on seed kernels from drooping sheoaks.
This species prefers woodlands dominated by drooping sheoak with stands of sugar gum.
How to watch them
Glossies are susceptible to disturbance, especially during breeding in January–September when it is critical not to disturb them. Stay at least 30 m from feeding glossies and 50 m from drinking and nesting glossies.