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Looks at the ecology and conservation of these iconic birds.

Cockatoos are large, intelligent and attractive birds. Of the 21 recognised species, 14 occur in Australia, with three of these also found in New Guinea. Seven species are distributed across the islands of south-east Asia. While many species are common or abundant, an increasing number face extinction due to habitat loss, the illegal bird trade and global warming. + Full description

Extensively illustrated, Cockatoos looks at the ecology and conservation of these iconic birds, including their evolution, distribution, movements, feeding and reproduction. It examines the pest status of cockatoos, the impact of the illegal bird trade and the role played by aviculturists in cockatoo conservation programs.

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No longer available in a print edition.


"Cockatoos is packed cover to cover with full colour photographs and plenty of scientific information, making it an absolute must for bird lovers."
James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review, July 2009

"…Cockatoos is one of the finest bird titles in the series so far…This book is highly recommended as the 'bible', easily understood by the amateur birder or layperson, on the biology and ecology of cockatoos in the wild. It certainly does justice to these iconic birds, which have such a prominent place in the Australian psyche."
Stephen Debus, Corella, Vol. 33, April 2009

"In his skillfully crafted book, Cameron ably captures this microcosm in succinct but substantive syle. He packs an impressive amount of information, gleaned from the considerable research on cockatoos over the decades and updated with ongoing work, in an easily accessed format and readable text . . . Cameron's easy and interesting read on the cockatoos provides an example for future volumes containing broad surveys of scientific knowledge about this worthy group of birds."
Catherine A. Toft, IBIS, January 2009

"This is a fascinating account of the Australasian and some of the Indonesian cockatoo species that all naturalists, both amateur and professional, will find of interest. The current volume sets a good benchmark for future volumes that I hope will be maintained."
Martin O'Brien, The Bird Observer, April 2008


ePDF | December 2007
ISBN: 9780643095588
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Available from eRetailers


  • The first comprehensive treatment of the ecology and conservation of cockatoos
  • Summarises the latest advances in knowledge of this iconic family
  • Extensively illustrated, including colour photos of most cockatoo species
  • Brings together for the first time information on the trade and sustainable utilisation of cockatoos in Australia and South-East Asia
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the threats facing cockatoos, drawing on the authors two decades of experience in the field of natural resource management


1 Introduction
2 Cockatoo species
3 Evolution
4 Colour, size and shape
5 Habitats and distribution
6 Movements
7 Food and feeding
8 Reproduction
9 Cockatoos as pests
10 Trade in cockatoos
11 Conservation


Matt Cameron has worked in the field of natural resource management for nearly 20 years, with a particular emphasis on threatened species conservation. He has undertaken research on a range of species groups including invertebrates, waterbirds, reptiles, raptors and cockatoos. The results of this work have been published in national and international scientific journals. For his PhD, he studied the ecology of Glossy Cockatoos in central NSW. He is currently based in country NSW, where he is employed by the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change.