Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) are endemic to WA but are rapidly in decline with total population estimates to be less than 60,000.
The Moore River Catchment has 7 of the 23 designated Important Bird Areas (IBAs) that support Carnaby’s. Past and continuing clearing of Carnaby’s breeding and forage habitat is threatening their future survival.
This project aims to raise the Carnaby’s population through increasing and protecting breeding and priority forage habitat, and installing artificial breeding nests.
Community will be engaged through Carnaby’s monitoring. The project will appoint a local Working on Country Yued works crew.
• Protected 11ha Moore native Carnaby’s forage habitat on one farms through 2km of fencing;
• Created 11ha of new forage and breeding habitat in the southern Moore catchment (forage species: Swan coastal sandplain Important Bird Area (IBA) for Carnaby’s, and breeding species: Moora IBA for Carnaby’s) using 11,000 native seedlings planted on 11 properties;
• 5 new artificial nesting hollows installed at the Gillingarra Town reserve;
• New Public information brochure for planting Carnaby’s forage habitat produced for Shire of Gingin;
• 10 films of Carnaby’s breeding activity and artificial nest installation for social media;
• Using pole camera and remote camera trap cameras to monitor Carnaby nest activity. Information fed to Birdlife Australia, and in wider promotion of Carnaby’s and planning of future projects.