Submitted by Gitie on 19 May, 2013 - 00:37
by Annette Butterss
We moved from the city to a property on the Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria that combined plant nursery and display gardens along with natural bushland. Throughout the 12 (drought stricken) years we lived there we developed a keen interest in our resident birds and forged wonderful relationships with many of them – especially Magpies, ‘Esmerelda’, ‘Whiteback’ and their successive broods.
Our house had many floor to ceiling windows and a large deck overlooking gardens, bush and a dam – an idyllic spot to relax and observe wildlife interaction, behaviour and events as they unfolded.
Submitted by Gitie on 11 June, 2010 - 00:00
Galahs are also called rose-breasted cockatoos and can be found almost all over Australia. With pretty pink chests and grey coats they strike a stylish figure as they strut about the gum trees. They fly around in pairs and collect in flocks and are extremely social birds.
'Mad as a galah' is a common Aussie saying which probably originated from the fact that they can make loud screechy noises if upset and once they get into this whining state it can take quite a while to calm them down.
There was a time when I too thought they were somewhat crazy. Every night when we took our dogs Scotty and Benny for a walk, one particular galah who should have been fast asleep in his tree high above us and in no danger whatsoever from anything around, would start screeching and wake up the whole neighbourhood in the process.
But Galahs are far from mad. They are very friendly birds. They love showing you their nests and introducing you to their friends and family.
Submitted by Gitie on 17 April, 2010 - 19:57
Submitted by Gitie on 24 January, 2010 - 14:27
Caged cockatoos often suffer greatly and end up leading a life time of misery.
Wildlife carers Peter Richards and Gabrielle Friebe from the Long Grass Nature Refuge have rehabilitated cockatoos for over seven years (as well as many other species for 35 years). In the interview below they explain the plight of the pet cockatoo and what one should do to give them a quality of life.
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In this interview you will learn about:
- the physical and emotional problems faced by pet cockatoos in cages
- the needs of pet cockatoos so they can have a more natural life
- essential ways in which to give pet cockatoos a quality of life
- elements of a balanced diet necessary for a healthy bird
- keys to eliminate personality problems, have a better relatioship with your companion bird and a good friendship.
You can listen to the audio and view the pictures below.
Can you spot the two scaly-breasted lorikeets with their lispstick red beaks? They've just taken off after a drink and a bath at the lilypot.