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.
From: PETER MORGAN
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"?
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
> (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.
> -----Original Message-----
> On Behalf Of Donald
> G. Kimball
> 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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