Ballarat Central street invaded by corellas

Birds show no fear, invade Ballarat street

While we have been staying at home, they are becoming bolder in front of cars.

All you could hear was the sound of the chewing, and the fighting, and the beating of wings.

A hundred or so corellas - those white-feathered cockatoo cousins - dropped in to a sleepy Ballarat Central street to feast on plane tree seeds about 10.30am on Monday.

It resembled a scene from Hitchcock's The Birds.

They carpeted the road on Lyons Street South, which is unusual for the birds, according to The Courier's nature writer Roger Thomas.

"I haven't heard of that happening in town," he said.

He said they were likely little corellas (Cacatua sanguinea) or long-billed corellas (Cacatua tenuirostris) - these guys are pretty common, and are unloved by farmers and those looking after football ovals.

Passers-by, particularly dogs, were fascinated at the feeding frenzy, as the birds ran rampant, doing as they pleased in the bluestone gutters and swinging from branches.

They gorged themselves on seeds that had been driven into the asphalt.

Cars would slow down as the drivers realised the scale of the invasion, gingerly edging closer.

The corellas were in no rush to get out of the way, barely a handful would take flight even when drivers used their horns.

Unlike the children who popped their heads outside their gates, the local magpies did not appear impressed at the visitors.


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