I love parrots but we here up north fear the oily, green, caustic excrement of the Torresian Imperial Pigeon (Ducula bicolor) moreso than the innocuous watery goop coming out of a red-collared's cloaca. It reminds me of "Alien" blood (sense Ridley Scott). You don't want it on your bare skin.And you all thought that the snakes, spiders and box jellyfish were bad in Australia. Even our pigeons cause havoc!
Around Darwin these pigeons, large enough to eject 200-300mls of the stuff in one "hit", eat mostly Carpentaria Palm nuts (these palms grow in abundance in the suburbs) and the mess it makes takes a high pressure hose to remove if left to dry. I've seen two birds roosting in a tree for a single night completely cover the top of a large wheely bin and gum it up so that you had to crack the stuff off with a screw driver to open the lid. It's death to any paintwork if left for more than 24 hours. I've even seen it harden in the sun and peel off a car's paintwork as it curls up at the edges.
I still love seeing the birds around (though I park under cover). W
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
What's worse than lorikeet poo?
On Monday, I made a comment about the effect of rainbow lorikeet poo on car paintwork. My dear friend W, who lives in Darwin, responded. Just in case you missed his comment, here it is: