Very interesting, I have seen cockies reacting in a similar way when an Echidna walked through the middle of them.
The monitor in Kym’s photos is a Rosenberg’s, there is some interesting research going on with this species in southern Namadgi.
See https://www.thesenior.com.au/story/5941533/keeping-track-of-goannas/ and
https://www.npaact.org.au//res/File/Bulletins7/Vol%2056%20No%202%20Jun%202019.pdf see page 8
From: Denise Kay <>
Sent: Monday, 21 October 2019 7:51 AM
To: Robin Hide <>
Cc: Canberra Birds <>
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Cockatoos trying to pick up monitor by tail
Most reptiles are threats to birds & eggs especially those that nest in tree hollows.
Having said that I have seen a SCC attack a feral pigeon in a bird feeder drawing blood on one wing & dispatched to the ground , the feral put up a good fight though
On 21 Oct 2019, at 7:38 am, Robin Hide <> wrote:
Like David, I recently saw a group of about 20 S-C Cockatoos surrounding a Bearded Dragon on the ground (lower west slopes of Mt Ainslie).
My attention was caught by the sight of the birds with their crests up, clustered on the ground.
I approached to about 10m and then saw the Dragon “at bay” amongst the birds.
Watched for 5 mins thinking they were intending to harm it, and when that did’nt happen, walked off (and saw the cockatoos beginning to disperse).
Maybe , but my one was just like Kym's, on the ground. They were curious and were 'playing' with it.
On 20/10/2019 10:40 pm, Philip Veerman wrote:
It is known in the situation of them trying to stop a goanna climbing up to a nest. For a bearded dragon, presumably it is mistaken identity
I've seen cockies do something similar with Bearded dragons, crests up and all... They are great images, because they capture something
special, not simply just another perfect bird on a twig with bokeh done in the 'politically correct' way.
On 20/10/2019 7:37 pm, kym bradley wrote:
Three cockatoos tried to pick up the monitor by the tail numerous times the monitor would rare back each time they grabbed it
NOT quality images I was too far away
Funny they did not do it with the red belly x 2