Re: Local councils catch up

To: Paul Coddington <>
Subject: Re: Local councils catch up
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2002 13:34:43 +1100
>saying that large flocks of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos 
had been seen in 
>the eastern Parklands (i.e. a few hundred metres from the 
Adelaide CBD) and 
>asking if anyone knew why this was happening. 

It'll be interesting to see if this is just an irruption as 
it has been called, or whether it's just part of the general 
spread and urbanisation of this species.  Ten years ago it 
was almost unheard of to have YTBCs in the suburbs of Geelong 
in Victoria - now it's not unusual to see small flocks 
throughout the town, and considerably larger flocks in some 
places such as the parkland surrounding the Geelong Botanic 
Gardens.  Crops of Pinus radiata seed seem to be the key once 
the birds have discovered their presence.  If the birds 
flying around Adelaide at the moment discover groves of 
mature Pinus radiata, I wouldn't be at all surprised if they 
then become regular visitors.


Lawrie Conole
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Senior Zoologist
Ecology Australia Pty Ltd
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