Drumroll please: Queensland cockatoos craft unique musical instruments to impress females

Drumroll please: Queensland cockatoos craft unique musical instruments to impress females

Not only can Australia’s male palm cockatoos keep a beat, they craft their own unique drumsticks and pass the skills down to their sons. New research from the Australian National University, led by Prof Rob Heinsohn, shows these colourful birds make their own unique musical instruments from branches and hard seed pods. According to Heinsohn, […]

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Thousands of native Australian corellas mercilessly slaughtered after being lured into modified wheelie bins

Thousands of native Australian corellas mercilessly slaughtered after being lured into modified wheelie bins

After the local council labeled the birds ‘pests,’ thousands of native Australian cockatoos were trapped and murdered using modified garbage bins. The special wheelie bins are the most recent instrument in Rockingham Council’s $8,000-per-year corella culling program, which started with non-lethal means. The council, located 50 kilometers south of Perth, claims that the population has […]

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Rare Australian cockatoo will be listed as a threatened species after a large decline in its numbers due to the climate crisis and the bushfire disaster

Rare Australian cockatoo will be listed as a threatened species after a large decline in its numbers due to the climate crisis and the bushfire disaster

After a huge drop in population due to the climate crisis and the bushfire disaster, the gang-gang cockatoo, the animal emblem of the Australian Capital Territory, will be officially designated as an endangered species. Sussan Ley, Australia’s environment minister, has accepted the vulnerable species scientific committee’s proposal that the little cockatoo be protected under the […]

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Powerful owls are gentle giants stalking our suburbs, but they are also on the edge

Powerful owls are gentle giants stalking our suburbs, but they are also on the edge

For the past several months, I’ve kept a slightly uneasy vigil on a pair of breeding powerful owls in inner Brisbane, just a couple of kilometres from home. In that time they’ve seen off crowds of curious onlookers, and a determined eviction attempt by sulphur-crested cockatoos, to raise one confident and healthy-looking chick, which will […]

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