Bill, Wilma and Charlie are not wild birds. They are all well over 30 years old (cockatoos have been known to live for 150 years in captivity) and have not been brought up with other birds. They prefer the company of humans. Charlie is a builder at heart. He digs burrows and makes complex arrangements of sticks and bark inside them. If you sing to Bill he will dance. Wilma mutters in low tones. Charlie chuckles at odd moments.
Cockatoos are very intelligent. They eat seeds, roots, buds, berries, nuts and insects.
The Eclectus parrot is a tropical species of parrot. The vibrant green feathered males (left), fly throughout the forest canopies gathering food for his female (right), who stays for large times, at home in a tree hollow. The males green feathers and even his yellow/orange beak, help him camouflage into the canopy leaves and vines, while the female, like a red traffic light, sticks her head out of the nest making it easier for him to find her again.
Our very vocal Franklin and Scarlet, love to mimic all sorts of noises and songs they hear from their visitors.
White-winged Chough ~ Corcorax melanorhamphos
White-winged Choughs usually occur in flocks of up to 20 birds, though sometimes many more may congregate during the non-breeding season. Flocks are composed of breeding adults and non-breeding helpers, at least some of which are young from earlier broods, and flocks often also contain birds that have been kidnapped from other groups of choughs.
The star attraction at Potoroo Palace is ‘Chuff’. Rescued when still a fledgeling, from Canberra, he has bonded strongly to humans and loves interaction and lots of attention! He is quite the character and frequently a firm favourite of many visitors and staff alike. We all just adore dear Chuff. Make sure you say hello to him next time you visit.