Re: SCC Lerping

To: Paul Fennell <>
Subject: Re: SCC Lerping
From: Ian Temby <>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 1997 10:13:27 -0712 (EDT)
On Fri, 25 Apr 1997 18:08:01 +1000 (EST) Paul Fennell <> 
>At this time, large flocks, (over 500) of Sulphur Crested Cockatoos can be
>seen on the ground in paddocks around Canberra.  There has also been a small
>group in the large Blakely's Red Gum which overhangs my driveway.  They
>appear to be taking lerps of the leaves.  They are also pruning the tree and
>dropping the cuttings all over the driveway.  Twigs and small branches are
>nipped off and discarded.
>I can't recall seeing this before in this tree.  Is it common for SCCs to do

Dear Paul

Pruning trees of various species is very common behaviour for Sulphur-crested 
Cockatoos as well as Long-billed and Little Corellas.  Sometimes the ground 
underneath is totally carpeted with prunings.  I suspect this is part of beak 
maintenance behaviour.  

I have not seen these birds removing lerps, but will look out for this 
thanks to your posting.


Ian Temby
Wildlife Damage Control Officer
Secretary, BIRDS Australia Parrot Association
Flora and Fauna Branch
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Parade

Phone   613 9412 4429
Fax     613 9412 4586

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