Parrots that harass raptors

To: <>
Subject: Parrots that harass raptors
From: "Anthony Molyneux" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011 17:43:31 +0930
I have seen Red-tailed Black Cockatoos sidle up next to Black Falcons on a perch. It is a classic example of 'keep your enemies close to you' as the BF was unable to launch an attack (if he/she chose to) on these birds if they stayed close. As the BF moved along the perch and away from the RTBC's, they moved the same distance towards the BF but stayed just far enough away to be out of 'footing' distance. When the BF had enough it took off and the RTBC,s chased for about 100 metres and then returned to their normal duties.


Anthony Molyneux
Alice Springs

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


To unsubscribe from this mailing list,
send the message:
(in the body of the message, with no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU