Re: Olives

Subject: Re: Olives
From: (Kim Lim)
Date: Fri, 6 Sep 1996 15:13:53 +1100
Shane Raidal wrote:
>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.
>Whilst birding in Yanchep NP,  abt 50 km north of Perth a few months ago
>my attention was drawn to a couple of Port Lincoln parrots which were
>investigating one of the many public barbeque stands in the park.  On
>closer observation I found that they were feeding on the fat collected in
>the grease trap of the barbeque pits.



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