Bird track study

A Baudin’s cockatoo in flight.
A Baudin’s cockatoo in flight.

Researchers at Murdoch University and the Department of Parks and Wildlife released the rehabilitated cockatoos as part of the program which will track the birds� movements with the help of transmitters to breeding and foraging sites in the South-West of Western Australia.

The reason why this is being done is because very little is known about Baudin�s cockatoos and the study will help find information about their habitat and breeding.

The birds had transmitters attached under anaesthesia by veterinary researchers on August 5 at the Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre.

Murdoch University Associate Professor Kris Warren said the project was an opportunity to understand the migratory patterns of the birds and the threats facing the species.

�Up until now it has been very challenging to monitor flock movements and this tracking program might help increase our knowledge of this endangered species,� he said.

Murdoch University research team member Jill Shepard said they would be using the University of Amsterdam Bird Tracking GPS system to track the birds.

Among other things, the system would enable unprecedented collection of ecological data.

The birds will be tracked for a year with the devices falling off naturally over time.