Yellow Tail Black Cockatoo

Corin

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Animal: Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus)

Location: Araluen Region NSW

Time of year: Autumn

Terrain conditions: Eucalyptus forest in mountainous area.

Notes: It is not uncommon to see evidence of yellow tail black cockatoo presence. Normally in the form of Trees that have been ripped apart, as if somebody has used a small axe on them. Often the damage is several meters up the trunk. at the base of the hole in the trunk you can normally see where an insect Larvae normally of the Longicorn Beetle, has been removed from its tunnel in the trunk. the Cockatoos have very keen hearing, and when they hear the borers in the trunk they use their powerful beaks to rip into the tree and get a tasty meal. This of course destroys the tree.







Corin, March 2010
 

Dusty Miller

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I have eaten these grubs. We had some in an old Kool Mint container. Dad snuck in and went to eat a "Kool Mint", serve him right. I have seen a 4m wattle tree reduced to matchwood in less than an hour by a flock of these parrots. I hope they never get a taste for human flesh.
 
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