Conserving cockatoos and curlews

Glossy Black Cockatoo - Bobbi Marchini
Glossy Black Cockatoo - Bobbi Marchini

Tweed Shire has one of the highest levels of population growth in New South Wales. Increased numbers of people, domestic pets and feral animals can impact upon local native wildlife and threatened species.

Council is committed to protecting and enhancing the Tweed’s internationally significant environment for current and future generations and is dedicated to helping lessen the impacts to threatened fauna including the Bush Stone-curlew (BSC) and Glossy Black-Cockatoo (GBC) to ensure the ongoing survival of these iconic species in the Tweed.

Bush Stone-curlew and Glossy Black-Cockatoo conservation

Glossy Black Cockatoo - Gavin Williams
Glossy Black Cockatoo - Gavin Williams

Active management of the Bush Stone-curlew population on the Tweed Coast since 2012 has resulted in an increase in the local population, which now represents a significant proportion of the Bush Stone-curlew population in NSW. This project will consolidate the conservation gains made to date in recovering the Tweed Coast Bush Stone-curlew population, expand conservation actions into new areas of known habitat and include conservation actions to protect the Glossy Black-Cockatoo.

Bush Stone-curlew in bushes

Glossy Black-Cockatoos are very rare and we are extremely lucky to have them in the Tweed. This type of cockatoo feeds almost exclusively on the seeds of she-oaks, but may also sometimes eat wood-boring larvae. The Glossy Black-Cockatoo mates for life, with pairs maintaining their bond all year round. These birds nest in tree hollows.

Project focus

Council has been awarded a grant by the NSW Environmental Trust to work on a project to conserve Glossy Black-Cockatoo and Bush Stone-curlew. This project will focus conservation efforts for the Bush Stone-curlew and Glossy Black-Cockatoo on the Tweed Coast by managing known key threats including habitat loss and disturbance, and predation (seeking out eggs and nests) and disturbance by domestic pets and feral animals.

Bush Stone-curlew in bushland

The project will focus on engaging with the community about simple measures they can take to protect them including:

  • Managing predator species, for example foxes, cats and domestic dogs
  • Looking after natural habitat and exploring how to make local gardens/farms Glossy Black-Cockatoo and Bush Stone-curlew friendly

Find out more about Glossy Black-Cockatoos and Bush Stone-curlews