Macaws and Black Cockies, Sydney

Subject: Macaws and Black Cockies, Sydney
From: Kurtis Lindsay <>
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2010 19:31:36 +1000
Hi All,

Regarding a recent report on Birding-aus about a flock of 10 Blue and Gold
Macaws on the loose at Cowan.

They are indeed entrepreneur John Singleton's Birds. Many sydney siders will
know of his estate in Mt White, north of Sydney. Not many will know of his
extensive bird collection.
2005 article about him and his birds).

A student in some of my classes at Macquarie University lives at Singleton's
estate where she's employed to look after his birds and train them to fly
free around his property. She has talked about his huge collection of birds
which includes Red-tailed Black Cockatoos, Scarlet, Blue & Yellow Macaws,
Yellow-tailed and Carnaby's Black Cockatoos.

Apparently a lot of them associate with the wild Black Cockatoos of the area
and form large flocks, which would explain the recent sightings reported to
Bird Line NSW.


Kurtis Lindsay

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