It was such a delightful way to start the day, watching two flocks of cockatoos descend into our neighbour’s tree and the empty block. Cockatoos learn to talk and are very sociable, although they do have a tendency to nip. We met a very chatty one on Kangaroo Island late last year. He had a warning note on the wall of his aviary cage at the entrance to the wildlife park . Of course I had to test to see if it was true. It was ! Flocks of them often fly overhead. But I have never seen two very large flocks descend into our street like they did this morning. The description of this very loud bird is so apt in this kid’s song, I thought I’d share it with you. It’s from a favourite CD of our kids when they were little.
by Don Spencer
It – may – sound absurd, but I’ve heard a bird,
Who screeches and makes speeches in the spoken word.
He’s got a snow white coat, and he can even quote,
Some lines from famous poems that Henry Lawson wrote.
And though he’s not been known to use a telephone,
he can hold a conversation on his own.
He’ll say ‘G’day’ and then he’ll fly away,
but he’ll be back to talk to us another day.
Chorus – He’s a Cockatoo – and he will talk to you,
Or imitate any sound you want him to.
He’s a cockatoo – he’s Aussie through and through.
He’s a ‘Hello cocky – have a cracker’, ‘Hello cocky – what’s the matter’.
He’s a sulphur crested cockatoo. He comes to visit me, a
nd sits up in a tree, and demonstrates his very vast vocabulary.
When he says ‘Hello mate’, you know his diction’s great.
If I could talk as well as him I’d run the state!
© Raili Tanska