Emus and Pines

To: Peter Shute <>, 'David Clark' <>
Subject: Emus and Pines
From: Kim Sterelny <>
Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2015 22:04:22 +0000
I have certainly seen sulphur crested cockatoos in the pine belts aound 
Canberra tearing away at cones; I would guess the larger black cockatoos have 
the physical and manipulative capacities to do the same. King parrots do not 
seem to; there are many small flocks of these in Canberra at the moment, but 
they are eating fallen acorns


Kim Sterelny, School of Philosophy, Research School of the Social Sciences, 
Australian National University, Acton, 0200, ACT, Australia


From: Birding-Aus <> on behalf of Peter 
Shute <>
Sent: Wednesday, 5 August 2015 7:45 AM
To: 'David Clark'
Cc: birding-aus
Subject: Emus and Pines

Are there any Australian birds that use pine plantations for anything other 
than refuge? The few times I've bothered birding in them, birds have been 
almost totally absent. I made a morning recording on one, and captured only 
distant calls.

Peter Shute

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Birding-Aus
>  On Behalf Of David Clark
> Sent: Tuesday, 4 August 2015 8:20 PM
> To: Geoff Ryan
> Cc: birding-aus
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Emus and Pines
> Geoff
> Emus are quite common in the coastal area west of Portland
> right through to the Murray mouth.  However, I suspect that
> the pines (and they are *Pinus
> radiata*) are only used as a refuge.  The generally wide
> areas between the plantations and roads provide forage but
> there would be slim pickings for emus in the plantations themselves.
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