Cockatoos dropping rocks

To: Graeme Clifton <>
Subject: Cockatoos dropping rocks
From: Charles Buer <>
Date: Thu, 10 May 2018 12:55:37 +0000
When we lived in Kambah, several cockies were used to coming to our bird feeder. We were  late putting seed out one morning and Margaret was hanging clothes on the hills hoist. Two cockies were in the tree above her and plucking branches off and hoiking them toward her to get her attention. This went on for 10 minutes or so until she gave in and got the seed for the feeder.

Charles Buer

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On 10 May 2018, at 21:41, Graeme Clifton <> wrote:

Hi Matthew,
Sounds like a “wind up” to me.


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On 10 May 2018, at 9:14 pm, Matthew Willis <> wrote:

A strange question...

A friend of mine is moving into a new apartment in Gungahlin with a big balcony. The building design means it extends much further than those above.

She came home the other day to find a smashed tile and a shattered rock nearby. She assumed it was dropped (accidentally or not) from one of the balconies above and asked the strata manager to investigate. Their reply read in part:

"I have spoken to our facilities manager and he has said that it is surprisingly common for cockatoos to fly and drop rocks and that this has been the case with a few other complexes across Canberra".

Has anyone come across such behaviour among Canberran cockatoos?

Thank you!


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