Recent letters to the Adelaide Advertiser newspaper have commented on the appearance of Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoos in the suburbs of Adelaide. This is BCCS reply.

Letter to the Advertiser and Messenger Press

Dear Sir,

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

It is with interest that our members have been following the discussion on the sightings of the Black Cockatoos in the suburbs.

The Adelaide Hills have suffered such environmental damage with the removal of native vegetation that these cockatoos have been forced to find an alternate food source of Aleppo or Radiata pines. These trees are being removed and replaced with seedling indigenous species, which will take many years to mature and provide an adequate food source.

This attempt to restore the native vegetation is understandable but not if the wholesale removal of the birdsí remaining food source is removed before its replacement is mature enough to sustain them.

We congratulate the Burnside Council for considering this before pines were removed in their area. The wholesale removal of native vegetation and the increase in the plantings of grape vines and orchards in the Adelaide Hills has the potential to bring many species into conflict with growers.

Should a conflict with growers arise we fear it may attract the same response as the previous culling of native parrots.

Sharon K. Blair
Bird Care and Conservation Society of SA Inc

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