Cockatoos Galore

Cockatoos in the large gum tree down the driveway

Cockatoos in the large gum tree down the driveway

Greetings loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  For the last two mornings there have been flocks of very noisy birds flying around and nesting in the trees.  Daddy says that they are Sulphur-crested cockatoos.  All Me and Nellie know is that they are flying too high for Us to chase.

Mummy found some information about them on this place called the “internet”.  Me and Nellie are not interested in such places as there are no tasty treats there.

“Sulphur-crested cockatoos are uncommon and localised. The largest populations, Port Waikato, and Turakina and Pohangina Valleys, contain several hundred birds. Remaining New Zealand populations each contain fewer than 100 birds.

Sulphur-crested cockatoos are gregarious. Communal evening roosts in stands of tall trees are used outside the breeding season. Large flocks forage together early in the day, before splitting into smaller flocks for the rest of the day. During autumn and winter, large flocks may form on grassland or crops in the afternoon before retiring to roost. At dusk there is a period of activity, with a lot of calling and flying prior to settling into roost trees. Calling may occur throughout the night.

Cockatoos are not migratory, but there is seasonal variation in use of their home range. In spring and summer they are dispersed over a large area. Winter flocks concentrate their activity in the centre of the occupied area. Birds and flocks can move tens of kilometres per day.

Five species of lice were recovered from sulphur-crested cockatoos shot in the Turakina Valley in 1991″

We live very close to Turakina as the crow flys, so that is why the birds come to visit the sunny Mangamahu valley. Love Nellie and Jasper.  It is almost time for our after morning dinner, mid-morning nap on the deck.


If, you look closely there are some white dots.  They are cockatoos on the wing.  Mummy took the photo, so don't expect the best shoot.

If, you look closely there are some white dots. They are cockatoos on the wing. Mummy took the photo, so don’t expect the best shoot.



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12 Responses to Cockatoos Galore

  1. their description sounds like a blogging conference 🙂

  2. Kuruk says:

    Me and sistah Nalle would chase them! Wooooowoooo, Ku

  3. I hope those noisy critters don’t interrupt your nap. That would be rude!

    Love and licks,

  4. Those look like great birds to chase! Lee and Phod

  5. Kyla says:

    We saw some today-at the bird shop.

  6. two engaging goldens says:

    Its alright when they are squawking but when they go quiet then they are up to mischief. They can strip our fruit trees in next to no time. Naughty cockies!! Honey and Nutty – two very good goldens (yeah right!)

  7. dougalldog says:

    We get HEAPS of them here in Australia. Floyd and I make sure they stay out of our yard!

  8. I agree with Dougalldog – they are almost considered pests over here!! They are noisy, destructive and everywhere!!! Even in the suburbs. But I still do love to see them in the wild in the countryside – they live in really big flocks and when they’re all flying and squawking, it’s an incredible sight and sound!

  9. Two French Bulldogs says:

    Love it! We have wild parrots flying around California
    Benny & Lily

  10. O…M…D!!! Sammy & I would be barking our butts off at those cockatoos!!

  11. Nikitaland says:

    Boy oh boy, you guys have the coolest animals at your place!

  12. Coccolino says:

    Wow that is quite a conference there!

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