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.