Red tailed blacks

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Subject: Red tailed blacks
From: Brian Patten <>
Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 23:38:24 +1000
Hi all, I would like to report red tailed black cockatoos in the
Kenilworth area (S.E.Qld). Last Sunday 25th June I saw 4 adult birds
feeding on the fruit of white cedar (melia azedarach) which are locally
common, and which  I understand they are very fond of. Great views were
had as the trees were completely deciduous after our recent cold snap
(for Queensland). They were about 1 km west along Little Yabba Creek
from its junction with the Mary River, but presumably will hang around
the area until the food source runs out. This was my first definite
sighting or RTBs in the area in 15 years, and appears to coincide with
Bill Jollys recent reports around the Toowooba area. I previously
thought they are usually seen around the Sunshine Coast in summer, and
are summer migrants. Am I wrong or are the birds overwintering in this
part of Qld for the first time? Any thoughts? Brian Patten.

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