red-tailed black cockatoo

nut munchers

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female (with speckled feathers) and a male feed on wild macadamia nuts
female (with speckled feathers) and a male feed on wild macadamia nuts

The Red-tailed Black Cockatoos on Magnetic Island are fortunate indeed. Not only is this small island off Townsville, QLD at the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef it is predominately classed as a National Park so much of it is untouched vegetation. Growing on the island are numerous wild macadamia nut trees and these parrots happily munched on them, picking the  fallen ripe ones off the ground. The female is distinguished by the speckles on her feathers.