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Jul 24, 2021 17:24 |  #1696

Capn Jack wrote in post #19263373 (external link)
First bin chickens, now bin cockatoos
https://www.sciencemag​.org …ey-re-learning-each-other (external link)

Interesting. I haven't seen that behaviour in sulphur-crested cockies up here in Darwin, but they are not so common here. I've been watching the related little corellas though (which are very common), teaching each other different ways to breach my defences and get into our chicken house to eat their seed. I'm not sure why it surprises people though; these cockatoos are smart birds, at least as smart as crows.

Re bin chickens, the story of how they became established in Sydney (external link) (and more recently in other Australian cities, including Darwin) is fascinating. I grew up in Sydney in the '60s and we never saw ibises then.


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Jul 24, 2021 17:49 |  #1697

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Are these the only birds with wing spurs?

No, they also occur on some other plover species, some jacanas (but not our comb-crested jacana) and screamers (South American birds related to magpie geese). A 1954 paper about wing-spurs here (external link).


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Jul 24, 2021 18:01 |  #1698

Pippan wrote in post #19263742 (external link)
No, they also occur on some other plover species, some jacanas (but not our comb-crested jacana) and screamers (South American birds related to magpie geese). A 1954 paper about wing-spurs here (external link).

Thanks for that.
Interesting reading.

Learnt more than just spurs. Swan, I gather use their wings in fights.
Probably explains a very dishevelled one here a while back that had one wing rather tatty and hanging oddly.
Must have recovered as I saw the pair ages after with no apparent problems



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Jul 25, 2021 04:28 |  #1699

Re bin chickens, the story of how they became established in Sydney (external link) (and more recently in other Australian cities, including Darwin) is fascinating. I grew up in Sydney in the '60s and we never saw ibises then.

We see the ibis here, specially after all the rain in January etc. First they flew away when they saw us, but it didn't take long before they stayed and got used to us. We don't feed them, but they find enough food in the grasses and water.

The Sulpher crested Cockatoo is here around too, and this winter for the first time they came to eat the flowers of the marigold plants. One day, one of them was angry that we chased him away and he destroyed another plant, the Jade plant. Now we keep an eye out as much as possible. We plan to buy a bird scarer and set it up in the garden, maybe that works.
We never had that problem in the past with Galah and Corella.




  
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Jul 25, 2021 06:57 |  #1700

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We see the ibis here, specially after all the rain in January etc. First they flew away when they saw us, but it didn't take long before they stayed and got used to us. We don't feed them, but they find enough food in the grasses and water.

The Sulpher crested Cockatoo is here around too, and this winter for the first time they came to eat the flowers of the marigold plants. One day, one of them was angry that we chased him away and he destroyed another plant, the Jade plant. Now we keep an eye out as much as possible. We plan to buy a bird scarer and set it up in the garden, maybe that works.
We never had that problem in the past with Galah and Corella.

My grandfather in Sydney loved to grow poppies. He used to plant them along the inside of the low brick fence along the street frontage of his yard. The sulphur-crested cockies would infuriate him as they'd walk along the fence biting off every flower just for fun. :-D


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Jul 25, 2021 07:10 |  #1701

Pippan wrote in post #19263935 (external link)
My grandfather in Sydney loved to grow poppies. He used to plant them along the inside of the low brick fence along the street frontage of his yard. The sulphur-crested cockies would infuriate him as they'd walk along the fence biting off every flower just for fun. :-D

Last spring the SC's visited us and did same to our daffodils planted along our drive. 200 metres of them.
Made a right mess, chewed them off and left them on the ground!
I took some photos. Have to chase them up.



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Jul 25, 2021 17:32 |  #1702

A cute Australasian Grebe taking some time out at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic gardens in Brisbane.

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Jul 26, 2021 07:14 |  #1703

Capn Jack wrote in post #19263373 (external link)
First bin chickens, now bin cockatoos
https://www.sciencemag​.org …ey-re-learning-each-other (external link)

And speaking of bin chickens ... Straw-necked ibis and Australian white ibis cross paths at the lake at the University of Queensland.


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Jul 26, 2021 17:05 |  #1704

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And speaking of bin chickens ... Straw-necked ibis and Australian white ibis cross paths at the lake at the University of Queensland.
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Nice shot. Do both species feed from bins?




  
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Jul 26, 2021 17:56 |  #1705

Capn Jack wrote in post #19264556 (external link)
Nice shot. Do both species feed from bins?

In Darwin I see both species around the city but I haven't really seen either of them getting into bins here. I took that photo in Brisbane and a passer-by told me the straw-necked is quite rare there.


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Jul 28, 2021 04:20 |  #1706

Today I was very lucky to be able to take a picture of the Strangeld Drongo, he was posing nicely against the background. Sorry, not Strangeld but Spangled Drongo.


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Jul 28, 2021 05:11 |  #1707

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Today I was very lucky to be able to take a picture of the Strangeld Drongo, he was posing nicely against the background.


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Jul 28, 2021 05:30 as a reply to  @ nardes's post |  #1708

Oh, you are right, I should have written Spangled, lucky he was not strangeld. :-)




  
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Aug 05, 2021 05:12 |  #1709

A Sulphur Crested bloke threading through a Frangipanni tree in my front yard and a Corella in a neighbours tree provided an interesting interlude to what was otherwise a boring afternoon here in Darwin


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Aug 05, 2021 05:18 as a reply to  @ Lyn2011's post |  #1710

They are the thugs of the bird world. We have them here in Darwin also, and prey on the nests of others, and not only that they are one ugly piece of work.


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