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

Subject: Re: birding-aus Sulphur-crested Cockatoo carrying a tool?
From: "jon wren" <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 1999 05:30:48 PST
Thanks for the responses to date.
I believe that you would certainly be on the right track with the suggestion that this is some form of beak maintenance. On reflection the bird beaked the stick from a forward lengthway position to one directly across the mandibles when it was flying. The large size of the stick also amazed me. I recall observing those glorious Pink Cockatoos flying with two large padimelons one carried in the beak the other in the L or R foot, no impediment what so ever to its flight. At the present time I have 3-6 Red-tailed Black Cockatoos visiting the Lemon-scented Gum each afternoon. They are feeding on the remains of the flowering bud and stripping large sections of the outer branches onto my roof and the ground below.

Jon Wren
PO Box 868
Bowen (Climate Capital of Australia)
Queensland Australia 4805
Phone 07 4786 2614H Mobile 0412 789 285

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