Glossy Black-Cockatoo name

Subject: Glossy Black-Cockatoo name
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011 17:41:09 +1100
Hi Peter,

Maybe. It would add some odd consistency to Red-, Yellow- and White- (as
the other ones were called). I have not come across that name. If so, it
adds an idea but I may still wonder why would someone think its tail was
glossy. Or indeed any part of it. HANZAB comments that this species
differs in appearance from the Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo by (among
several things) not being glossy. I wonder if the names ever got
confused and switched. 

And yes Donald wrote to me, not surprisingly, that his spelling was just
a "careless placement of a hyphen" and no renaming intended. Either way
I thought the name is worth commenting on.


-----Original Message-----
Sent: Wednesday, 19 October 2011 4:27 PM
To: Philip Veerman
Cc: 'Donald G. Kimball'; 
Subject: Parrots that harass raptors

was it originally a "Glossy-tailed Black Cockatoo"?

Peter Morgan

On 19/10/2011, at 1:41 PM, Philip Veerman wrote:

> Hello Don,
> 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
> 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.
> Philip
> .
> -----Original Message-----
> From: 
>  On Behalf Of Donald 
> G. Kimball
> Sent: Wednesday, 19 October 2011 4:33 AM
> To: 
> 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!
> Cheers!
> Don Kimball
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