Re: White tailed black cockatoos

To: "Barry Lancaster" <>
Subject: Re: White tailed black cockatoos
From: Peter Pfeiffer <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 1997 08:17:18
At 07:25 PM 15/07/1997 +1000, you wrote:
>I am not sure if you are able to help but I have an inconsistency that you
>might be able to clear up. If you can I will be most grateful.
>I was in Adelaide last week Thursday 10 July. At about 9:00am I saw a flock
>of White tailed black cockatoos overhead. I had my binoculars and was able
>to confirm the white tail and cheek patches. The area was John Fisher
>Drive, Torrens Park which is at the foothills leading up to the Botanical
>I am sure the birds were not yellow tails but the Simpson & Day Field Guide
>does not have either white tail in Adelaide. Our friends in Adelaide say
>they have seen the birds on numerous occasions and they have been told that
>the birds are unusual and not expected in Adelaide.
>When I saw them I was not aware there was 2 white tail species. I wonder if
>you have heard of these birds and can let me know what I might have seen.
>Thankyou in anticipation.
>yours sincerely
>Barry Lancaster
> Hello Barry,
               I can not shed any light on your White tailed BC but on July 14
there was a flock of ~ 80 Yellow tailed BC flying over the Flinders Uni.
almost blackening out the sky.  Every winter they come to feed on the pine
cones about the place. They are rarely seen during the summer. 
        I have also observed White tailed BC flying over. I'm not sure where 
come from.


Peter Pfeiffer
Dept. of  Chemistry
Flinders University of  South Australia
GPO Box 2100
Adelaide SA 5001

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