Cockatoos in Sydney

Subject: Cockatoos in Sydney
From: Andy Burton <>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2003 15:19:01 +1000

Hi David,

you are quite right about an eastern suburbs / Kingsford-Smith Airport / Centennial Park population. I don't know whether the numbers change seasonally and it would be interesting to know. Certainly there appear to be birds in the area throughout the year and intuitively I believe that their numbers increase during the cooler months.

Similarly there is at least one resident population in Sydney's northern suburbs and again I suspect that these birds are probably augmented in number, seasonally. I see or hear them most days in the Lane Cove, Chatswood, Roseville area, probably less often in summer, but they are still present.

Having just made this outrageous statement I decided to double check my records. It is possible that the northern suburbs birds go missing in January but then as a general rule so do I, so it maybe that I'm not around to record them.

I should add that Y-TB-Cs are found throughout the northern Sydney suburbs, not just in my local area.

Can anyone add to my comments re their seasonality in Sydney?


I assume a few of you took the opportunity to point out that this was not that unusual. My understanding, however, (and not really reflected in the above) is that there is a largely "resident" population around the airport and eastern suburbs.


David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 2111
Dubbo  NSW  2830
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Andy Burton's Bush Tours
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NSW  2069

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