The Glossy Black Cockatoos of Mount Barney

For visitors to Mt Barney Lodge in southern Queensland, the centre piece is the heritage white weatherboard family farmhouse replete with polished floorboards and pressed tin ceiling. For some of Mt Barney's other permanent residents, it's an unassuming 50 year-old tree - a Casuarina or 'she-oak' on a fenceline just up the hill. Glossy Black Cockatoos are fussy eaters and almost exclusively eat seeds from she-oak trees but they pick the one or two with the biggest and most nutritional crop. It seems that generations of Glossies pass this knowledge onto offspring.

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