Glossy Black Cockatoos - females' colouring

Subject: Glossy Black Cockatoos - females' colouring
From: David McDonald <>
Date: Sun, 21 Jul 1996 18:34:46 -0700
Following a tip-off, I went up to the area between Mt Madjura and Mt Ainslie, 
Canberra, today Sunday 21 July 1996.  With some difficulty I found three 
Glossies, one 
adult female and two adult males, feeding quietly, as usual, in casuarinas.

I rarely see these birds.  After all, Canberra is out of what we have always 
thought to 
be their normal range, though they have been around many times over the last 
three years 
or so.  The female had lots of yellow on the head, far more than the field 
guides and 
Forshaw's The Parrots of the World suggest.  Her cheeks and throat were quite 
the nape and crown was speckled yellow and brown.  Is it common to see them 
with as much 
yellow as I have described?

I looked at the latest Simpson & Day field guide and was reminded of a 
(slightly unkind) 
post on this list where someone said that the guide looks great when you first 
get it 
but the book becomes worse the more you use it!  Certainly a beginner would be 
by the illustration of the female Glossie there:  it has a distinct yellow 
collar only.

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