Help save the cockies

Seeds hold the potential for life. They also hold the greatest opportunity for us to help the South Eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo recover.

The South Eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo is in trouble.

They don’t have enough food, their homes are disappearing and their young are not surviving.

With only 1,500 individuals left, these beautiful and iconic cockatoos may be lost to us forever.

UNLESS... we act to change their fate.

Your donation can help save the cockies before it's too late.

These cockies rely on the seeds of only three different tree species for their food: desert stringybark (Eucalyptus arenacea), brown stringybark (Eucalyptus baxteri), and buloke (Allocasuarina luehmannii). If one of these tree species disappears – and the cockies can’t find food – this unique bird may be lost forever.

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The biggest problem for the cockies is that there are so few of these trees left. The south-east of South Australia has suffered the greatest buloke and stringybark losses due to land clearance. 73% of stringybark habitat has been lost since 1947 and 97% of original buloke has been cleared since settlement.

Shortage of food is the biggest threat to their long-term survival.

What can be done to save the cockies?

There is no time to lose and only a small window of opportunity to collect the precious seed. Trees For Life seed bank manager Rohan Cleeves is undertaking an expedition to the south-east to search and collect the seeds needed to grow food trees that are so essential to the cockies survival. He will work with a team of dedicated and highly trained seedbank volunteers who will help him with many hours of painstaking work: drying, sorting, weighing, labelling and storing the seeds under just the right conditions until they can be sown.

Your help is needed to make this possible.

It all starts with a seed.
Every seed holds the potential for life.
Every donation helps make that life possible.


A $30 donation can grow 50 food trees for the cockies.

Can you help us save the red-tails before it’s too late?