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Human overdevelopment threatens Carnaby's Black Cockatoos with extinction

The numbers of endangered Carnaby's Black-Cockatoos has plunged across Darling Range jarrah forest roosts in the past year, according to new data released by BirdLife Australia. For other stories about the plight of the West Australian Black Cockatoo going back to 2008 see: Black Cockatoo.

[This article was originally published as anonymous comment Alarm at falling cocky numbers]

Carnaby's black-cockatoos are found only in Western Australia and are one of only two species of white-tailed black-cockatoo found anywhere in the world. The other is Baudin's blackcockatoo. Both of these species are unique to southwest Australia.

Video embedded above was originally published in Caranaby's black cockatoos of (undated) on the web-site of the World Wildlife Fund of Ausralia.

The outlook for the birds remains bleak, the group said, as vital habitat continued to be destroyed, forcing the birds to roost in more densely populated areas north of Perth. BirdLife Australia threatened cockatoos project manager Matt Fossey said it was not just native bushland being cleared for development that was causing a loss of habitat for the cockatoos. "With Perth's rapid expansion, greater protection and management of critical Carnaby's habitat is essential for them to survive in an urban environment."

Alarm at falling cocky numbers

How is any wildlife meant to survive if their habitat keeps being cleared? They may has well be hunted down and shot then die slowly from lack of food and protective habitats. Australia has the worst extinction record of modern times, and all the policies to protect the environment comes to nil. Humans are wrecking Australia with impunity.

15 year old Bindi Irwin, daughter of wildlife warrior Steve Irwin, has recently accepted the position of Youth Ambassador for Sustainable Population Australia. Conservationists are facing the awful toll of wildlife against human economic and population growth drives. She has integrity, intelligence and will be a great ambassador across all age groups to speak about humanity's destructive and explosive population growth and the consequential decline of precious biodiversity.


Say all living creatures belonged to us (humanity) and were our treasures in our collection. We could consider them as such if it helps. To lose precious and rare parts of our "collection'"progressivley is like an art collector time and time again losing unique masterpieces by famous dead artists. What unique species and masterpieces by dead artists have in common is that neither can be replaced.

So bloody sad. So shameful, deplorable, avoidable. The willful population growth imposed on West Australia is causing misery to the locals and is dooming these georgeous, gentle, funny and exquisit long-lived creatures. How Philistine our species; how cruel, stupid and self-involved.

Daniel Mercer
The West Australian
August 26, 2014

The population of a black cockatoo species native to WA's South West is in freefall, according to a stocktake that found it could be all but extinct within 20 years.

Birdlife Australia yesterday released the results of its annual great cocky count and claimed there had been a 15 per cent drop in sightings of Carnaby's black cockatoos in the past year.

According to the conservation group, the decline was consistent with the previous four years and suggested the population of the species could halve again in five years.

Longer term, it said, prospects for the bird were grim as encroaching urban development and a drying climate pushed the species out of its habitat.

"By 2029 . . . the population will have collapsed to the brink of extinction," Birdlife spokeswoman Jessica Lee said. "The cockatoo is already recognised as being at high risk of extinction."

Community group Friends of Underwood Avenue, which is fighting to preserve bushland in Floreat used as a "roosting" site by the birds, said the results of the count were unequivocal.

"Unless there are major changes to protect and increase the habitat of Carnaby's cockatoos, these iconic birds of Perth will be extinct within our lifetime," spokeswoman Margaret Owen said.