Emus and Pines and YTBCs

To: Peter Shute <>, "" <>
Subject: Emus and Pines and YTBCs
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2015 00:19:01 +0000
> Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos love seeds from pine-cones.  When/Pinus 
> radiata/  plantations first became mature and FCV workers wanted to collect 
> seed for more plantings, they found YTBCs were attacking the cones and 
> threatened to start shooting them.  Then they found that 1)the cockies tended 
> to drop the cones after eating a few seeds from the tops, and 2) the cockies 
> were much better judges of the ripeness of the seeds than the men were.  So 
> the men picked up the fallen, slightly bitten coneas and everyone was happy.
      I notice that cones found under the local trees seem to have been
completely chewed to pieces, but the culprits are Sulphur-crested
Cockatoos which will feed on the ground. I have never seen YTBCs on the

Anthea Fleming

On 5/08/2015 7:45 AM, Peter Shute wrote:
> 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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