Subject: Corellas
From: "Paul Taylor" <>
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 18:43:25 EST
>I heard the following on the local ABC radio today.
>The Ashburton Shire in the Pilbara of Western Australia has a problem with a
>flock of Little Corellas tearing up their synthetic tennis courts.  They say
>that the corellas are getting high on the glue!
>They are also causing problems by digging holes in the town oval.
>They are looking for ways of controlling or deterring the flock, other than a
>suggested culling of about 100 birds.  Any suggestions?

Sounds like a misinterpretation of their behaviour - corellas act "high"
most of the time.  :-)

The "high" obtained from some glues (don't try this at home, kids) is due
to solvents in the glue - if the glue is dry, there are no solvents left
to get "high" on.  (Enamel paints also use solvents in this way.)

Are the corellas attacking just the green synthetic courts?  Presumably
to a corella, a green tennis court looks like a lush, well watered lawn 
- just the thing to dig into looking for onion weed bulbs etc.  (Much
easier that breaking a bill in hard, stoney ground.)  If the courts were
clay or stone coloured, the corellas would probably look elsewhere for
easier pickings.  (On the other hand, they may have seen the "Life of
Birds" episode where a gang of Keas rips apart a parked car...)

   Paul Taylor                                  Veni, vidi, tici -
                           I came, I saw, I ticked.

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