Cockatoos and house timber damage

Subject: Cockatoos and house timber damage
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 14:49:43 +1000

From: Martin  on 28/04/2000 02:49 PM

Subject:  Cockatoos and house timber damage

Brian Edis asks about strategies for reducing or eliminating damage to timber
fittings on houses.

The Victorian Government Environment and Natural Resources Committee (ENRC)
looked at 'Problems in Victoria caused by Long-billed Corellas, Sulphur-crested
Cockatoos and Galahs' in its 1995 report of the same title (available from the
Information Victoria bookshop in Melbourne).

Section 7.10 of the report addresses the issue of cockatoo damage to houses and
gives several options.

Interestingly the report notes that this problem often occurs where someone in
the vicinity is providing food for the cockatoos.  It then recommends a scaring
strategy and/or one or more of the following:

- protecting timber with metal sheathing, hanging netting or shade cloth from
eaves on rollers
- excluding birds using permanent protective screens
- notifying the local Deaprtment of Natrural Resources and Environment (NRE)
office for advice and possible control measures

A last resort of course is to replace western red cedar with hardwood or metal
fittings/frames.  I am not aware of any ultrasonic devices or reliable paints
that can be used to address the problem.  Ian Temby, the NRE Wildlife Damage
officer, would have more to offer and may answer this issue when back in the
office next week.

Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer - Scientific Advisory Committee
Parks Flora and Fauna Division
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
East Melbourne  3002

Tel: 9412 4567
Fax: 9412 4586
(prefixes: Interstate 03 International 613)

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