Subject: Olives
From: (Shane Raidal)
Date: Fri, 6 Sep 1996 08:18:35 +0800
>Whilst wandering through the South parklands in Adelaide yesterday, I 
>noticed a couple of Galahs having a wonderful time eating the olives that 
>had fallen on the ground.  What drew my attention to them was their shiny 
>black beaks!
>Seems like we humans are not the only Australian's coming around to olive 

Part of the reason why a an olive plantation in WA has done poorly in past 
years has been due to raids by Port Lincoln parrots.  Oil-rich olives are 
high in energy and are probably equivalent to McDonalds Hamburgers to the 
birds.  Most parrots (like humans?) seem to have an innate desire to seek 
food-stuffs rich in oils.  Captive arid-zone parrots invariably prefer 
sunflower seeds to other food and hence often become obese and suffer from 
lipomas, atherosclerosis, arthritis, fatty livers etc.  


Dr Shane Raidal BVSc PhD MACVSc (Avian Health)
Lecturer in Veterinary Pathology
School of Veterinary Studies                
Murdoch University                              phone:  +61 9360 2418
Perth,WA, 6150                                          fax:   +61 9310 4144  
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