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Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos
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Newsletter Cover Sep. 1985
The Society's logo first appeared on the cover of the Upper Blue Mountains Conservation Society Newsletter in September 1985.

The Upper and Lower Blue Mountains Conservation Societies merged in 1995.

Plate 14 Plate 14 - "The Cockatoos and Nestors of Australia and New Zealand"
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The logo was taken from an illustration by Gracius Broinowski that was featured in his 1888 book "The Cockatoos and Nestors of Australia and New Zealand".

Gracius Broinowski Gracius Broinowski
Gracius Broinowski was born in Poland in 1837. He studied languages, classics and art at Munich University.

He arrived in Victoria in 1857, and travelled widely in eastern Australia before settling in Sydney in 1880.

Gracius was a natural history artist, teacher and ornithologist, and had several volumes of illustrated works published.

He died in Sydney in 1913.


The Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Anne Bowman drawing Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo (Anne Bowman)
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Gracius's 1888 drawing shows our cockatoos as two different species -

C. xanthonotus is now a "race" or subspecies of C. funereus.

The Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo is the largest "cockatoo". The male has a red eye-ring.

Wikipedia contains a good treatment.

These magnificent photos were kindly provided by Emanuel Conomos, Sue Wildman and Dilshara Hill.

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos Family In Flight   (Emanuel Conomos)
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Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos Eating A Banksia Cone   (Sue Wildman)
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Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo - male Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo (male)   (Dilshara Hill)
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo - female Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo (female)   (Dilshara Hill)

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