Carnaby’s CockatooScientific name: Calyptorhynchus latirostris
Meaning of name: Calyptorhynchus comes from the Greek words calyptos, meaning hidden, and rhynchos, meaning beak. It refers to the way the cheek feathers can be brought forward to obscure the beak. Latirostris is from the Latin words latus, meaning broad, and –rostris, meaning billed.
Aboriginal name: Ngolyenok (n’ole’ye’nawk).
Distribution: Only found in the southwest of Western Australia from Kalbarri to Cape Arid.
Description: This cockatoo can grow to 56cm long and have a 110cm wingspan.
There are subtle differences between the sexes. Males have a pink eye ring, darker bill and less bright cheek patch than the female.
Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 111km. The oldest bird recorded was recovered 22 years 10.1 months after being banded (information as at 20 June 2012).
References: Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.
What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978
Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2 http://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/76-publications-and-resources/103-conservation-science-wa-journal
Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/science/abbbs/abbbs-search.html