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Which is your favourite parrot?

August 29, 2018

Parrots are an order of birds characterised by a strong curved beak, an upright stance and strong legs. In Australia they include cockatoos, rosellas, budgies, corellas and lorikeets. They can be highly endearing. Generally they are brightly coloured and no one can help being amused by a flock of corellas swinging around on powerlines by their beaks or the jaunty crest atop a cockatoo.

HOWEVER… living in Flowerdale I am reminded of the (pre-bushfire) cedar house in the district that was covered in chicken wire to prevent the Sulphur-crested Cockatoos (Cacatua galerita) from ‘eating’ the entire house. At our place on Junction Hill the rubber seals on our windows and car windscreens have been destroyed by the same creatures.

Australian King-Parrots (Alisterus scapularis) are common along the eponymous creek in the district. As stunning as they are to look at, watching them snip off the seedling heads in our vegie patch as they did last Spring and then later raid the fruit of those plants which survived (pictured above left) takes the gloss off their presence.

Most recently Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus funereus) have been around. Luckily their eerie cries warn you of their presence especially high in pine trees. With strong beaks they snip off the unripe cones (pictured right), take a few bites and then drop them to the ground from a great height. For the unwary these can do a bit of damage if the cones land on your head. A large part of their diet consists of insect larvae living under the bark of trees. In the quest for this food they can effectively ring-bark a tree, pictured left.

In the end I guess they are all doing what parrots do. Do I have a favourite? Not really. I regard them all equally. That’s parity.

Indeed quite parroty.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. ccobern permalink
    August 29, 2018 9:57 am

    This post is quite negative towards some of our native parrots.
    I think that FoF should stick to focusing on promoting the positive sides of our native wildlife, which is something you usually do very well.
    I reckon there are enough people out there already moaning and groaning about any perceived nuisance or inconvenience our more common native wildlife may be.

  2. Susan permalink
    August 29, 2018 11:39 am

    Love your writing! yes, just as with new puppies they can be very belligerent to the needs of humans but love them anyway! A favorite would be the galahs, particularly when they line up along a water trough to drink water!

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