Looking in the kitchen window

This sulphur-crested cockatoo sneaks about – he is quiet and it’s weird when they glide about without screeching! He/she is checking where the seed is on a little table for the sparrows. The other day I surprised him on top of the car. I just happened to be at the kitchen window with the camera when he landed this morning.

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  1. sue says:

    And who said birds didn’t have many brains. Love him/her

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    1. ChristineR says:

      I’ve seen him cruising through really low before but it took awhile before I woke up he was seeing if the sparrows had seed yet. 😀

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  2. skybright1 says:

    Wow, what a large crest he/she has! Do they all have such a big one or would this bird be an older one? I wouldn’t like to meet it if it was angry with me.

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Some of the crests look smaller, maybe the females are a bit daintier. They make themselves look fearsome when they land. They can inflict a nasty bite, as I found when my grandma’s cockie enticed me to put my finger in its cage. 😀

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  3. sue says:

    Jaime took Julius to the Big Rocking horse a couple of years ago and guess what Julius did??? Exactly what you did at your grandma’s. He’s never forgotten it.

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Lesson learned. I got bitten by a dog at a show once, too, and I was old enough then to know better than to pat a strange dog. 🙂

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  4. skybright1 says:

    We used to have just black cockies in the wild when I was young and were always thrilled when parents took us to Hobart as there was a white cockie in a cage at a fruit shop there. he used to squawk some words out. Now we hardly ever see a black cockie, almost all white ones. I wonder why that is? maybe the white species is stronger than the back in breeding?

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Same here, hardly see black ones, but I did see a small flock fly by a few months ago. If one hadn’t screeched, I might have thought they were crows. I just looked up some info, and they appear a bit fussy with their nesting hollows for which they compete with galahs and feral bees. And then they incubate only one egg. Four of our five species of black cockatoo are endangered. Loss of habitat and lack of food are the main culprits. Grandma had a cockie-stand and a small chain attached to the cockie’s leg, but she’d keep him in the big cage when we visited. He used to talk all the time. He’d scream out ‘time to bring in the cows’ and would sound just like grandma. I loved that cockatoo. 🙂

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      1. skybright1 says:

        Thanks for that info, I thought about looking up the black cockies but then forgot again.
        I hope Grandma didn’t mind cockie sounding like her. That made me smile.

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        1. ChristineR says:

          We both have ocker voices, being country born and bred. 😀

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  5. sue says:

    We used to have some with Red crests that used to visit from Kangaroo Island. Since they chopped the big gum tree down we haven’t seen them. Particular on what they feed on. Lot noisier that the white cockies.

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Apparently possums prey on them on Kangaroo Island! Possums! who would have thought … slap hand to the forehead … maybe they mean the eggs or hatchlings.

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  6. Outlier Babe says:

    I never knew there were black cockatoos until reading the comments here. The pics online make it look as if only the Palm variety are crested. Is that right?

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    1. ChristineR says:

      I’m not sure, Babe, but I expect all five species have them since the moveable crest, along with the zygodactyl feet – two toes facing the front and two facing the back – are what distinguishes cockatoos from parrots. Thanks for asking.

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      1. Outlier Babe says:

        Thanks, Christine.

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