Glossies in spotlight on May 19

Noosa Council is calling on local residents to join this year’s Glossy-black Cockatoo Birding Day on Sunday, May 19 and help keep an eye on the vulnerable species.

Each year volunteers across the east coast of Australia participate in the research, looking for and recording the cockatoos.

Council’s Principal Environment Officer, Peter Milne, said it was essential Noosa continued to keep a close eye on the magnificent ‘Glossies’, which are known for their large beaks and red tail feathers.

“If you suspect that Glossy-black Cockatoos are nesting in your backyard join in and lets us know. We can then let University researchers know.”

This year the annual birding day is being held on Sunday, May 19.

“You can decide how much time you want to commit to participating on the day, and there will be plenty of expert advice on hand to advise on what to look for when trying to record the Glossies,” Mr Milne said.

“The volunteers collect valuable information on the birds for the Glossy Black Cockatoo Conservancy, an organisation committed to conservation of the species.

“Keeping accurate records of the glossies helps us to better understand how these birds live and move around the Noosa area.

“At the end of the day we get together at a favourite Glossy waterhole to observe the birds drinking and compare results.”

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