Wild Sulphur-crested Cockatoos have become a nuisance, particularly in coastal towns.
- They are causing severe damage to homes and property.
- Hand-fed Cockatoos are bored Cockatoos. When Cockatoos don’t need to forage for their natural foods, they can use their extra “leisure-time” chewing on buildings.
- Cockatoos, expecting to be fed by humans, are becoming aggressive and pestering people for food when they are hungry.
- Cockatoos are opening rubbish bins to forage for more food and spreading litter.
- Feeding Cockatoos is increasing their population numbers
Keep Wildlife Wild
Human food (bread, chips, meat etc) will make Cockatoos sick and may kill them.
- Wild bird seed mix encourages Cockatoos, King Parrots, and other wildlife to become dependent on humans for their survival and may cause nutrient deficiencies. Wildlife need to teach their young how to forage for a wide variety of natural foods.
- Neighbouring homes could be suffering Cockatoo damage as a direct result of one home-owner’s hand-feeding of wildlife.
- Feeding allows for the easy spread of disease particularly from bird to bird (such as Psittacine Beak & Feather Disease) and also from birds to humans.
- Feeding encourages pests such as mice, rats and introduced bird species, as well as predators such as feral cats and foxes.
- There is plenty of natural wildlife food in the area.
- The very best thing you can do for our Australian wildlife is to not feed them!
Tips for Home-owners
- Do not feed the Cockatoos, King Parrots or any other wildlife
- Do not overfill your rubbish bin
- Investigate the most appropriate bird exclusion products for your home such as:
- The installation of bird wire in strategic areas (such as balcony railings)
- Using screens to protect soft timber - consider the use of metal sheeting, or hanging netting or shadecloth from the eaves on rollers.
- Using ‘rolling perches’ (black poly-piping) to discourage Cockatoos from landing on light fittings, aerials, wiring and other fixtures.
- As Cockatoos tend to land on the high points of a house, such as roof peaks, consider the installation of commercially available “shock-perches” in these locations (these do not harm the birds)
- All native wildlife in Victoria is protected under the Wildlife Act 1975 and it is an offence to injure or kill them. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is responsible for regulation of the conduct of persons engaged in activities concerning or related to wildlife.
- The responsibility for managing wildlife on a property falls on the relevant landowner/ manager, but the landowner/ manager must apply for authorisation from DELWP to undertake activities concerning or related to the wildlife.
Cockatoo damage information note(PDF, 81KB)
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
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