Do corellas like to have fun! Bird behaviour

To: Laurence Living <>
Subject: Do corellas like to have fun! Bird behaviour
From: John Gamblin <>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2001 17:37:25 -0700 (PDT)
Laurence Living <> wrote:

Yesterday, on returning from the supermarket to my car
in Boronia [ foothills of Mount Dandenong, the
Dandenong Ranges, Melbourne, Victoria], I noticed a
flock of 10 little corellas perched on a powerline in
the carpark. It was 5.20pm, going on dark, overcast,
with a very fine, almost unnoticeable, mist associated
with low cloud. Some of the corellas were hanging
upside down with wings outstretched [almost like
flying foxes], and others appeared to be spinning
around the line in 360 degree loops..

It was extremely unusual and entertaining, stopped
many of the shoppers going about their business, and
provoked some discussion.

My son, Jared thought they were just having some fun.
I wondered if they had found a smart way to 'bath'
difficult to access parts of their body.

Has anyone seen this behavior before? What does it

Bathing as in performed by more then "Little
I've seen it in "Galah's" again very close to a
supermarket? just this morning in fact and quite often
with Rainbow Lorikeets in these parts.

I remember a relative of mine some years ago winning
a big prize on 'Funniest Home Video' with some footage
taken in a coffee shop in Bali of a 'cocky' doing 360
degree loops around his perch.

A Caffiene hit eh :^D

Little Corellas have come to the Dandenong Ranges in
large numbers this year with the intact flock reaching
in the vicinity of 200 birds.

Hey that's interesting ..... has any of the local
flora and fauna changed fairly dramatically? what was
planted by council say 2 or 3 years ago?

Recently I saw the full flock turn a deciduous oak
white and then 'snow' the nearby football oval.

During my son's auskick, one Saturday morning in June,
on the same oval in Boronia, my assistance as a parent
coach was rewarded with 11 species of 'parrots' in two
hours, sulphur-crested cockatoo, yellow-tailed
black-cockatoo, gang-gang cockatoo, eastern rosella
crimson rosella, little corella, large-billed corella,
musk lorikeet, little lorikeet, rainbow lorikeet,
and The City of Knox is considering removing many of
the old growth trees in the reserve to provide more

Aaaaaaaaaaah what !!!!!!!! are you serious Laurie? ask
who it is you speak to re: legal action against the
council? when they ask why point out it's oxygen
deprivation to do this without first planting
replacement trees. No wonder some of our beaut Oz pink
haired children end up being the way they do? lack of
oxygen affects the human brain, then again perhaps the
councillors have already been affected! infected. Just
tell them that I need confirmation of this so I can
scrub the area completely from the overseas tourist
"Birding Hot Spots" ( on CD ) that I am now nearing
completion, on that issue I'm serious.

John A. Gamblin and fevvers.

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