The Little Dinkums coin collection lovingly celebrates Australia's favourite creatures. The Royal Australian Mint had
commissioned artist Ben Hutchings to design six characters for a coin collection named Little Dinkums. They were Petey Platypus,
Kip Koala, Kato Cockatoo, Tinga the Tasmanian Tiger, LilyPilly Lizard and finally Binny Bilby. This coin was struck in Gold
at a size of just 14mm. The
The south-eastern Red Tailed Black Cockatoo is a large, black cockatoo that get's its name from the fact that the male of the species has a red panel across their tail feathers. This flash of red can be seen whilst they are in flight, and they tend to stick together in pairs or small groups. These flocks often include other species of cockatoo. The Red Tailed Black Cockatoo includes five subspecies of which the south-eastern is one and one of the most endangered ones. They are typically found in drier environments and are particularly fond of eucalyptus woodlands and they tend to nest in large eucalyptus trees. Their habitat being within the forest is what is threatening this particular species and as deforestation increases they are becoming increasingly rare and endangered. The south-eastern Red Tailed Black Cockatoo along with the other four subspecies are currently protected under the 'Australian Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Act 2001.' As of 2012 there were approximately 1500 individuals remaining and it is officially listed as an endangered species of South Australia.
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