New sites for cockatoos

Serpentine Jarrahdale Landcare representative Francis Smit with a cockatoo nesting hollow.        d441182
Serpentine Jarrahdale Landcare representative Francis Smit with a cockatoo nesting hollow.        d441182

NINE Baudin’s cockatoos were released into the wild in Bedfordale last Friday as part of a new innovative tracking program to learn more about the bird.

The City of Armadale recently installed 11 artificial nest hollows or “cockatubes” for endangered cockatoos through the Swan Coastal Plain, including two in the City’s administration centre car park.

In 2012, 23 purpose-built, artificial nesting hollows were installed in bushland reserves in the Darling Scarp and were successfully used by black cockatoos to raise offspring.

Black cockatoo expert Tony Kirkby found suitable nesting trees in the City’s Armadale Swan Coastal Plain earlier this year.

Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said the City was well placed geographically and ecologically to assist in the conservation of endangered and threatened species of black cockatoos, in particular, the forest red tTailed and Baudin’s black cockatoo.