Parrots that harass raptors
"Philip Veerman" <>
Parrots that harass raptors
PETER MORGAN <>
Wed, 19 Oct 2011 15:27:15 +1000
was it originally a "Glossy-tailed Black Cockatoo"?
On 19/10/2011, at 1:41 PM, Philip Veerman wrote:
> Hello Don,
> Yes Cockatoos are known to do this sort of thing sometimes. Or that is
> to say Galahs and Sulphur-crested Cockatoos sometimes indulge in chasing
> or shadowing in flight of raptors such as Brown Goshawks and Australian
> Hobbies. Probably other people will tell you observations about other
> species that do this. Of course many parrots are prey to many raptors. I
> don't know that the parrots that harass raptors do it to the species
> combinations that they may be at danger from. It does suggest to me
> though that Galahs who often do this to Australian Hobbies and it as far
> as I know not with Peregrine Falcons, that are a major predator, that
> are able to distinguish the two species. Although I may be quite wrong
> and that may just be that this is what I have seen or read about.
> You have a curious renaming there. "Glossy-black Cockatoo" would totally
> change the character of the name and suggested affinities of the bird.
> That spelling would indicate that the bird is closer to the other
> (white) cockatoos and not a member of the Black-Cockatoo group. It would
> suggest the black is described as glossy. The actual name is a Glossy
> Black-Cockatoo, which indicates it is a member of the Black-Cockatoo
> group. Although how it became known as Glossy is a mystery to me.
> -----Original Message-----
> On Behalf Of Donald G.
> Sent: Wednesday, 19 October 2011 4:33 AM
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Parrots that harass raptors
> When I was in Aus filming on my very last day of my 6 month parrot
> filming adventure in February of 2009 I still needed one more species to
> have filmed all Aussie Parrots (except for Night Parrot.. grin) My last
> was in the Blue Mountains - Glossy-black Cockatoo.
> I was about to leave the Tablelands Road area near Wentworth where I had
> been searching for 3 days when I heard some throaty cries coming from
> way way up in the air. Barely recognizable because they were just
> specks in the sky, there were at least 2 Glossies chasing a large raptor
> (too far away to identify it). They seemed bent on harassing and kept
> repeatedly swooping at it and giving chase. The raptor seemed unnerved
> at times and it appeared like they ushered it out of the area.
> Fortunately for me once it left they spiraled down and then presented
> themselves to be filmed!
> Has anyone else witnessed parrots harassing raptors? I had no idea that
> they did this and it seemed a bit suicidal to me at the time!
> Don Kimball
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