Re: birding-aus Sulphur-crested Cockatoo carrying a tool?

Subject: Re: birding-aus Sulphur-crested Cockatoo carrying a tool?
From: "Ian Temby"<>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 1999 10:25:38 +1000
Dear Jon

My guess is that the SCC was carrying a stick that it had bitten off at its
last perching site.  While perching, cockatoos very often chew at twigs and
small branches within reach, often snipping pieces off.  The ground under
trees used as roost sites by flocks of cockatoos is often littered with
snipped branchlets.  This behaviour is, I am sure, beak maintenance
behaviour.  I suspect that the cockatoo you observed had simply retained
its stick to chew at for a bit longer than usual, rather than it being a
tool for another purpose.




Ian Temby

Wildlife Damage Control Officer

Secretary/Treasurer, BIRDS Australia Parrot Association

Flora & Fauna Program

Department of Natural Resources and Environment

4/250 Victoria Parade


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