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Helith
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Have you heard a flock of Rainbow Lorikeets? There's a flock that live in our street so we hear this several times a day. At least they are beautiful to watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAs7V7Qi5cA

More beautiful Australian birds, carnivore edition

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f28HpsEVWu8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqdRQxgtZtI

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Krankenstyle posted:

also there must be a difference between euro & ozy magpies cause euros are chill as heck and cool as gently caress

Yeah Aussie Magpies are not corvids like Euro ones. They are a seperate and native species to Australia.
They are usually chill, curious and not afraid of humans until it's breeding season and then all bets are off,
They will aggressively protect their nests and swoop anything they regard as a threat, Whole neighbourhoods can be terrorised and people have had serious eye injuries, or even lost an eye to them'
Beautiful singers though.

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Absurd Alhazred posted:

"Yes, yes... soon our plans will come to fruition..."

Their plans are pretty much Ďstrip this tree of nectar while making making as much noise as birdly possible and be absolutely fabulous while doing it!í
We have a couple of pairs of Rainbow Lorikeets that have claimed the bottlebrush tree outside our balcony. All other birds are noisily chased off. When they are chill though, they have a lovely melodic coo and are pretty friendly. Once the tree has finished flowering (which it does twice, spring and summer) , they disappear and other birds move back in.
So we either get woken up by Lorikeets screeching or by Kookaburras laughing, Currawongs, Magpies and Butcherbirds singing.
Great photos of them, mine are all crappy iPhone pictures.

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Aussie Magpies are clever enough to know what Noisy Miner threat calls mean and react to them.

https://www.theguardian.com/environ...lls-study-finds

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This Cockatoo is a VIB (Very Important Birb).
Why? Because this drawing of an Australasian Cockatoo is from a 13th century manuscript written by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and shows that trading routes from Australasia to Europe, via the middle east, were running far earlier than previously thought.
What a well traveled birb!

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2...e-route-rethink

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Krankenstyle posted:

magpie(?) doing some autodial songs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgZhZV3Twm8

not sure if fake but if so its pretty well done

That's what Australian Magpies sound like! They have an amazing song and it's known as a warble.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZDIyvYqEC8

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ynohtna posted:

How in hell's name have I survived so long without knowing there's a birb thread?!

Anyone want to see lovely pics of my beloved chickens and the other feathered friends that frequent our garden?

My friend,

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https://twitter.com/guardian/status/1051679908588445696

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On my walk today in some bushland near where I live in Sydney I was greeted by a Brush Turkey


and saw a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo having lunch

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Tendai posted:

It blows my mind that Australians can just go for a walk and boom, cockatoo. That's so cool.

Mate, you donít even need to go for a walk, just go outside and boom! Cocky! They are everywhere and just as happy in urban areas as they are in the bush. There were 5 of them hanging out on the junction of the main road near me, perching on power lines and lampposts.
The Rainbow Lorikeets are also back dining on the Bottle-Brush tree in front of my balcony. Itís good to see them again, feels like spring now.

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New visitors to our neighbourhood today. Was woken up this morning by Channel Billed Cuckoos. They are migratory birds that come down to Australia from New Guinea every spring and summer. They are loud. Very loud. But then all Aussie birds are noisy. They lay their eggs in the nests of Magpies, Pied Currawongs and Crows and their chicks hog all the food.

Found this video of some with bonus 'sad trombone' call from a Raven at the end.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFCr_D8n6io

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Bert Roberge posted:

How do you guys get any sleep down there?

White noise machine and pray?

Serious answer. You get used to it.
When we first moved here we found it really noisy, we come from the UK where houses are generally pretty well insulated and window are double glazed for the most part, so very little outside noise is heard inside. In Australia we found no difference in noise levels with the windows open or closed and gradually the bird noise becomes familiar background noise.
When I went back to the UK to visit family I really missed the Aussie bird noises and found my families homes too stuffy and quiet.

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'Straya, where the birbs steal your sausages and then laugh at you about it.
Larrikins.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqdRQxgtZtI

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Weíre staying up on the NSW Central coast and saw this Heron with a fish spine hanging out of its beak being followed around by four other Herons who obviously wanted some delicious fish spine too. They crowded around for about half an hour. The Heron didnít eat his fish spine, but neither did he share. Meanie.




Also saw this bird but Iím not sure what it is. A Cormorant maybe?

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LITERALLY A BIRD posted:

I am about to go to bed after a long day of cleaning up goatses, but if anybody in this thread would like a bird crazies tag (there are two styles; the one that I wear and an OG rectangular one that is still used by some regulars in the Pet Island bird thread) just quote me and mention which one it is you'd like.

Good night!

Hey, Iíd like a bird tag please, I think Iíd like the one you have.

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Thanks for the Australian Darter id and beautiful pictures!
Amazing bird and Iím glad Iíve seen one and now know what they are. The one I saw was a male as females look different with a lot more white on them.

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What a good birb!

Parrot saved toddler's life with warning

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Ha, that's in Clifton, Bristol. I used to live around the corner from there. The expensive cars will be stuff like Audis, Beamers and Alfas. Clifton is poo poo to park in, there's only on road parking because the buildings and road layout is Georgian so there's no garages or underground parking. It was always a scrum to find anywhere to park and 50% of the time you'd end up parked under a tree.
No idea why the residents don't just buy car protectors to put over their cars while they're parked under a tree instead putting up those ridiculous spikes. The spikes won't save their paintwork from sap and pollen and blossoms dropping on their car.

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These aren't McMansions, they are old Georgian and Victorian terraced townhouses or houses split up into 4 or so flats.
This is fairly typical of a Clifton street.



Here is a Pigeon on the Clifton Suspension Bridge over the river Avon.

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The Australian 'I'm a Celebrity, Get me out of here' comes from South Africa and is on now.
This year they have an extra celebrity. An African Paradise Flycatcher that has it's nest just by the studio and there are eggs due to hatch very soon. So they are livestreaming the nest for a few hours each day!

Catch it here on Facebook

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It's a Galah.
Really, you should expect nothing less from them.

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coldpudding posted:

I had to rescue a crow on the way into work today, the poor thing was hopelessly tangled in this lovely plastic pallet netting,

it took a good couple of minutes of work with a screaming uncooperative patient and getting harassed by other crows but I managed to get it all off and let it run off,
I only hope it appreciated it as I'd rather not get on the crows poo poo list.

Crows are smart.
The Crows followed you home so they know where you live.
You are now a Crow Friend.
Expect gifts from the grateful Crows.
And protection.
The debt will be repaid.

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Itís cloaca?

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Cross posting this from the Historical Fun Fact thread.

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Heath posted:

This is why we celebrate Memorial Day

Except Jimmy is an Australian legend. Fremantle is a port city just south of Perth, Western Australia.

I'm sure he gets remembered on ANZAC Day though with a few beers.

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The Sydney Royal Easter Show has a duckling slide every year

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More Cockatoo news!

Reddit link for Cockatoo cockatooing around

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Beartaco posted:

There are some A+ cockatoo stories in that thread!



Yeah I like the one about the person digging in their garden watched by a few kookaburras and unearthing 3 funnelweb spiders and being saved by them swooping down to eat them.

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barbecue at the folks posted:

I just googled funnelweb spiders and It does stand to reason that if any place has a birb badass enough to just munch on Satan's own murderspiders with no problem, it is the Land Down Under

The venom doesn't have any effect on birds and it's only biological bad luck that it even has the effect it does on primates. Funnelwebs make a tasty snack for Kookaburras.
Still, you do not want to annoy a funnelweb as they are very aggressive and will run to you to bite you multiple time rather than run away like less murderous spiders.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqdRQxgtZtI

There's a pair of Kookaburras in our street that like to annoy the rainbow Lorikeets that roost in a huge palm tree. They will sit and call and then swoop at the tree to make the Lorikeets panic and fly off. poo poo gets so noisy!

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Spotted 3 Brush Turkeys in a tree on my home today and another one scratching about underneath. I've never seen them up in a tree before.



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I give it 10 years before a cockie is Prime Minister of Australia.
And we'll be better off for it

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Enola Gay-For-Pay posted:

I'm fascinated by the revelation that cockatoos are flying racoons

People always joke about the snakes and spiders in Australia, whereas it's really the birds that terrorise the country.
Cockatoos have the intelligence and the sense of mischief of a 3 year old child. Anything we humans do is just a delightful challenge for them in working out how to prank us with it.
Now the real flying racoons are actually the Ibises, or Bin Chickens, as they are derisively called.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4dYWhkSbTU

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Yeah, they are probably one of the least dangerous animals in Australia.

It's the magpies you have to watch out for

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It's that time of the year again!

Vote for your favourite Australian birb in The Australian Bird of the Year 2019 competition!

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Inceltown posted:

Kind of surprised that Sulfies get in at #1 because gently caress that noise.

Need something cool like a whip bird tune or even the humble magpie.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7VyROoLdiQ

Them and Lorikeets are big, loud and very noticeable so they get lots of attention. They are also all over the cities so every Aussie and every tourist will see them and hear them.
I adore magpies, their song is so beautiful and I love that I hear it every day from my garden along with the pair of Kookaburras that drop in every so often.
I havenít decided which bird Iím going to vote for yet. Maybe the tawny frogmouth because theyíre pretty cool and chill to be around.

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On the trail of Australia's naughtiest bird, the cockie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvMYY7QxENs

Also a reminder to cast your vote in the Australian bird of the year competition.
Ther top 10 will go through to the final round.

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So, the Channel-billed Cuckoos have arrived back in my part of Aus for their breeding season. Got woken up very early by their distinctive screeches.
You know it's spring when you hear this delightful bird announce it's presence.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL9vHNC0gLE

Interesting bird though, the worlds largest parasitic bird they lay their eggs in the nests of Australian Magpies, Butcherbirds and Currawongs to be raised there, then around February the parents and the juveniles all migrate back north to New Guinea and Indonesia.
In the Northern Territory because they arrive at the start of the rainy season they are called Stormbirds or Rainbirds.

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https://twitter.com/isobelroe/statu...500562102505472

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All parrots are assholes.

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Lord Zedd-Repulsa posted:

I am incredibly sad that doesn't have sound.

Says a person who obviously doesn't have a flock of them outside his house every day making a racket!

This is what you're missing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5X8U_C8PeOQ

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