After months of searching, the vulnerable Glossy Black Cockatoo has been postively identified in the Northern Rivers town of Bogangar, bringing renewed hope for their recovery after the 2019/20 bushfires.

At least 5 birds have been recorded in the area and the challenge now is to restore what was lost during the fires by re-planting more she-oak trees. Next comes the installation of habitat nest boxes.

The wildlife habitat group Wild BNB are busy working on this piece of the recovery program following their involvement in the extensive search for the bird which began in February.

Harry Hackett is the Project Manager of Glossy Squad which enlists the support of citizen scientists to identify the whereabouts of the rare glossy cockies via

She says Glossy Black-Cockatoos are commonly mistaken for their larger, noisier cousins the Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo and Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo.

Hear the full interview with Harry on Tuesday July 12, 5.15pm here.