Emus and Pines and YTBCs

To: Greg and Val Clancy <>
Subject: Emus and Pines and YTBCs
From: Tony Ashton <>
Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2015 03:55:03 +0000
I've noticed Golden Whistlers foraging busily in several pine plantations
over the years. Red-tailed Black Cockatoos love chomping into green cones.

On Wed, Aug 5, 2015 at 11:41 AM, Greg and Val Clancy <>

> I have observed Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos feeding on fallen Macadamia
> and Pecan Nuts on the ground in South Grafton but his is unusual.
> We must not forget that no matter how much bird habitat introduced pines
> provide, and this would appear to be very limited, they are no substitute
> for the local natural vegetation.
> Regards
> Greg
> Dr Greg. P. Clancy
> Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
> | PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
> | 02 6649 3153 | 0429 601 960
> -----Original Message----- From: brian fleming
> Sent: Wednesday, August 05, 2015 10:19 AM
> To: Peter Shute ; 
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Emus and Pines and YTBCs
> 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
> ground
> Anthea Fleming
> .
> <HR>
> <BR> Birding-Aus mailing list
> <BR> 
> <BR> To change settings or unsubscribe visit:
> <BR>
> </HR>
<BR> Birding-Aus mailing list
<BR> To change settings or unsubscribe visit:

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU