As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 8 July 2019

Chick flick: cockatoo gives anti-nesting spikes the bird in viral video

Footage shows Australian parrot breaching building’s defences with delight

Fri 5 Jul 2019 03.36 BSTLast modified on Fri 5 Jul 2019 17.55 BST

Footage capturing a rebellious sulphur-crested cockatoo’s triumph over bird guard spikes has gone viral on Facebook.

The video’s title is ‘F*** the police’

The video posted on the social network – titled “F*** the police” – by Isaac Sherring-Tito shows the cockatoo perched high on a ledge above a street slowly pulling away and ripping off the spikes installed to prevent birds like the cockatoo from perching on the ledge.

The camera pans down to reveal that the cockatoo has been ripping off the spikes for the entire length of the ledge.

The video was shared on Monday and has had more than 17,000 shares, and close to 3,000 comments at the time of reporting.

Sherring-Tito told Guardian Australia he had filmed the cockatoo’s defiant act in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney on Monday.

The ledge in question is above the Town Centre Arcade on Katoomba Street, and the cockatoo is infamous in the area.

Sean Dooley, the editor of Australian Birdlife magazine, said cockatoos “seem to take great enjoyment” out of doing that sort of damage, “whether it is random vandalism or more strategic damage”.

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