Vandalistic galahs

Subject: Vandalistic galahs
From: Ian Fraser <>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 1998 09:33:57 +1000 (EST)
Yeah I know that's anthropomorphic, but I wanted you to read this and lead
me to An Understanding!

In Canberra city, over the past 3-4 weeks, a pair of galahs have
systematically and very comprehensively ringbarked a mature Argyle Apple
(Eucalyptus cinerea). This a not a local species, though widely planted. It
has thick fibrous 'stringy-bark'. The pair are nesting in the tree, and have
done the customary minor 'bark-marking' around their hollow spout. The
ringbarking is a metre or two below that, and quite separate from it. They
have removed all the bark down to the wood, right around the tree, some 2.5
to 3 metres from the ground. At one point there is over a metre of bare
wood; where they completed the job the break is only a few centimetres. 

Any thoughts?!


Ian Fraser, Canberra  
Environment Tours; Vertego Environmental Writing Consultancy
GPO Box 3268, Canberra, ACT 2601
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