Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos are some of the few threatened species that people across many areas of the Wheatbelt – whether on farms or in towns – can support by planting food or habitat plants around their gardens or on their farm.
Home Is Where The Food Is
While nesting sites are a significant limiting factor for the successful breeding of black-cockatoos, putting a nesting box up anywhere in the landscape probably won’t be helpful unless they are already successfully nesting nearby.
Planting food and habitat plants in your garden, however, may provide teaching grounds for newly fledged chicks. It can also be a stop-off point on the long journey some black-cockatoos take to get to their breeding and feeding grounds in the Wheatbelt. These, and accessible drinking points, will help ensure black-cockatoos have the potential to move throughout the Avon River Basin.
Know Your Black-Cockatoo Food And Habitat
Keep scrolling for a list of plant species that provide food or habitat for black-cockatoos in your area. It’s likely that only a small selection of these species can be found at your local native seedling nursery. A good mix of these species, together with other local native plants, may provide a valuable stopping point for your local black-cockatoo population in a few years’ time. If the black-cockatoos don’t happen to find your planting, many other native species will still appreciate it!
This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.