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Wannon has or used to have 39 threatened animals within its boundaries. One of them is me, the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo.

We took care to attach appropriate images that are as close to representative of each species as our resources and the availability of images allowed. However, we could not ensure perfect accuracy in every case. Some images show species that share the same genus but not at the species or subspecies level.

Photo of South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo

South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus banksii graptogyne

Status: Endangered

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) lists threatened species under six categories:
Extinct, Extinct in the wild, Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, Conservation dependent. Read more about these categories

Calyptorhynchus banksii graptogyne is found across 3 electorates.

These large iconic birds were the mascot for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Their glossy black plumage is set off by their stunning red tail feathers. The south-eastern subspecies has an estimated population of just 1000, making it the rarest and most at risk of extinction. Extremely fussy eaters, feeding exclusively on the seeds of stringybark and buloke trees, these birds pair and nest over spring and early summer, laying only one egg in a deep hollow of an old eucalypt tree. Chicks required a lot of parenting and take three months to fledge. They are often fed by their parents for a further six months after fledging.¹

Explore more about this species on the Atlas of Living Australia

Adverse fire regimesAdverse fire regimes

Climate change and severe weatherClimate change and severe weather

Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradationHabitat loss, fragmentation and degradation

Invasive species and diseasesInvasive species and diseases

Explore more about the threats facing species on our Resources page.

Wannon has or used to have 54 threatened plants found within its boundaries. Some of these might not be as photogenic as the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo but they're just as important.

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