Illegal killing of cockatoos in Australia

This video says about itself:

During the Parrot International Symposium Rosemary Low showed us this remarkable video of a an Australian couple, David and Deidre Patterson, who are working hard to save two distinct subspecies of black cockatoos from going extinct. In the video they tell about the importance of the area next to their property, Helms block, for the black cockatoos, which is a key area for food and nesting sites and its survival is imperative for the release of the cockatoos that they rehabilitate. We were alarmed to learn that the moratorium on logging this area made in 2001 has been overturned.

We understand that, if this goes ahead, a valuable area of native forest will be rendered unusable as a food source for these cockatoos, thus further imperilling the two species of White-tailed Black Cockatoos and the sub-species naso of the Red-tail. It would also mean that the Pattersons would be unable to release a flock of rehabilitated Baudin’s Cockatoos as planned for the coming October, when marri nuts would have been available for these birds in the forest.

From Wildlife Extra:

Illegal shooting of endangered black cockatoos in Western Australia

31/01/2009 23:44:17

Black cockatoos being persecuted

January 2009. Landowners in Western Australia are again being reminded of the consequences of shooting white-tailed black cockatoos, following the conviction of a Bridgetown man who shot the protected birds on his property last year.

The man was fined $3000 and ordered to pay court costs for shooting eight white-tailed black cockatoos in his orchard in February 2008.

The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) continues to receive reports of landowners killing the birds, both Carnaby’s and Baudin’s white-tailed black cockatoos, because of the damage to orchards and other horticultural crops. DEC Senior Investigator Rick Dawson said the birds are listed as a threatened species under State and Federal legislation and killing or harming them was illegal.

Seven forest red-tailed black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso), which have just been added to the Commonwealth Threatened Species List by Australia, have been released at the Black Cockatoo Rehabilitation Centre in Martin: here.

April 2011: An estimated 200 or more endangered Baudin’s black cockatoos are being illegally shot each year in Western Australia as they come into direct conflict with Southwest fruit growers during harvest: here.

It is well known that a great source of stress between the sexes is map reading and giving and taking directions when driving. Whilst the invention of the Sat Nav was hoped to lessen the tension between the sexes it was found that males don’t respond well to directions given by female voices and vice versa. Medical experiments showed that the level of the hormone cortisol in the blood, an indication of stress, were much lower in both sexes when taking directions from cockatoos. “We believe that by using talking parrots we will have less road rage and accidents on our highways” said Olof Prila, a spokeperson from MotMot: here.

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3 thoughts on “Illegal killing of cockatoos in Australia

  1. The noose tightens: Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo – Birds Australia (BirdLife Partner) was recently offered – and declined to accept – $100,000 as part of an offset for the clearance of 258 hectares of Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus latirostris habitat near Albany in Western Australia. The land has been proposed to be mined for Magnetite by Grange Resources Limited. Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo numbers have declined by 50% over recent decades, and their greatest threat is loss of habitat. Birds Australia states that they do not believe that the conditions drafted by the Australian Government for this project are sufficient to mitigate the loss of such important habitat for the Endangered cockatoo.


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