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Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita feeds on nectar

Franklin, Donald C. (2007). Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita feeds on nectar. Northern Territory Naturalist,19:46-47.

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IRMA ID 73283902xPUB60
Title Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita feeds on nectar
Author Franklin, Donald C.
Journal Name Northern Territory Naturalist
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 19
ISSN 0155-4093   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 46
End Page 47
Total Pages 2
Place of Publication Darwin, NT, Australia
Publisher Northern Territory Field Naturalists Club
Field of Research 1602 - Criminology
1608 - Sociology
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract During the dry season months of May to August, a number of the Top End's most widespread tree species flower, including the Darwin Woollybutt Eucalyptus miniata, the Darwin Stringybark E. tetrodonta and the Fern-leaved Grevillea Grevillea pteridifolia. As these species are prolific sources of nectar much favoured by nectar-feeding birds (Franklin & Noske 1999, 2000), nectar is an abundant resource at this time of the year over a vast area (Woinarski et al. 2000). This seasonal resource is exploited not only by birds that normally consume nectar – honeyeaters and lorikeets – but also by a range of opportunists including frugivores, insectivores and even granivores and a terrestrial omnivore which rarely feed on nectar at other times of the year (Franklin 1999). Here I report observations of a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita feeding opportunistically at flowers and apparently obtaining nectar. Nectar has not previously been reported as a food source for this species in the Top End or elsewhere (Higgins 1999).
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