Re: Fwd: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] In my bottle-brush

To: Peter Pfeiffer <>,
Subject: Re: Fwd: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] In my bottle-brush
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 17:53:32 +1100
Peter and all,

My guess is that they were almost certainly after the nectar. Crimson
Rosellas do this as well - they make a real mess of the callistemons when
in flower, at times showering gardens here in the Blue Mountains with a
carpet of flower bits. They obviously have a "sweet tooth" but lack the
specialised tongue of honeyeaters or lorikeets and so must resort to
munching up the flowers to get at the nectar.



At 8:41 AM +1030 27/10/03, Peter Pfeiffer wrote:
> Here in Adelaide I have observed recently at least 20 Sulphur-crested
>Cockatoos in a profusely flowering Callistemon ( it looked like a 'Gawler
>Hybrid' ).  Each bird bit through the branch just below the terminal
>flower and picked it up in it's left claw and proceeded to nibble away at
>the base of the stamens . Exactly what were they targeting as a food
>source ? Any ideas ?
> Cheers,
> Peter.

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