Emus and Pines and YTBCs

To: brian fleming <>
Subject: Emus and Pines and YTBCs
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2015 05:24:29 +0000
At our place just outside Queanbeyan the Yellow-tails are leaving many
traces of their presence as shown in the snaps on my blog post

Martin Butterfield

On 5 August 2015 at 10:19, brian fleming <> wrote:

> 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
> .
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