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(Phys Org2)   Not news: something is killing Australian Lorikeets. News: the main suspect is a plant. FARK: You can help identify the plant   (phys.org) divider line
    More: Sick, Rainbow Lorikeet, Trichoglossus, Lories and lorikeets, New South Wales, manifestation of lorikeet paralysis syndrome, wellbeing of wild rainbow lorikeets, C Lacasse et al, northern New South Wales  
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2021-07-16 3:51:21 AM  
So during spring when plants are blooming something makes birds easier to eat

And its been happening for fark knows how long, but because we are farking morons we must save the pretty birdies from a natural part of the ecocycle?


fark off. They clearly have not been put in danger by it and we have no idea what would happen to the ecosystem if we mess with this
 
2021-07-16 3:56:58 AM  
It's not spring in Australia.
 
2021-07-16 3:57:39 AM  

lifeslammer: So during spring when plants are blooming something makes birds easier to eat

And its been happening for fark knows how long, but because we are farking morons we must save the pretty birdies from a natural part of the ecocycle?


fark off. They clearly have not been put in danger by it and we have no idea what would happen to the ecosystem if we mess with this


Username checks out.
 
2021-07-16 4:02:16 AM  
Altruistic Farkers should volunteer to smoke some plants to ... save birds.
 
2021-07-16 4:03:46 AM  

lifeslammer: And its been happening for fark knows how long, but because we are farking morons we must save the pretty birdies from a natural part of the ecocycle?


Let's infer this paralysis is new. Otherwise, species as well-known as lorikeets would have this kind of toxic plant identified. That it makes them prone to cat predation is enough to infer it is new, or else cats would've been known to bring home gimpy lorikeets all the time.

I don't think it is natural. Based on the article, the timing makes it sound like agricultural runoff, or some spray that gets into their food sources. Maybe a new recipe for a popular lawn pesticide?
 
2021-07-16 4:09:31 AM  
Could be an invasive species. Plant or possibly an insect that contaminates the regular food source.
 
2021-07-16 4:16:43 AM  

Bennie Crabtree: lifeslammer: And its been happening for fark knows how long, but because we are farking morons we must save the pretty birdies from a natural part of the ecocycle?

Let's infer this paralysis is new. Otherwise, species as well-known as lorikeets would have this kind of toxic plant identified. That it makes them prone to cat predation is enough to infer it is new, or else cats would've been known to bring home gimpy lorikeets all the time.

I don't think it is natural. Based on the article, the timing makes it sound like agricultural runoff, or some spray that gets into their food sources. Maybe a new recipe for a popular lawn pesticide?


FTA: They settled on a toxin as the most likely cause-yet excluded known toxins that can cause neurological symptoms in wild birds, including pesticides, botulinum toxins and alcohol.

They, of course, could be wrong.
 
2021-07-16 4:21:08 AM  

itsaback: FTA: They settled on a toxin as the most likely cause-yet excluded known toxins that can cause neurological symptoms in wild birds, including pesticides, botulinum toxins and alcohol.

They, of course, could be wrong.


I mean, what I gathered from the article is that the timing of the contamination has a lot to do with that determination. A new additive or recipe might be doing it, since they are working with known pesticides. Maybe something imported is not what the label says...?
 
2021-07-16 4:50:12 AM  
I identified it as Audrey. You should probably avoid Audrey as well.
 
2021-07-16 4:57:24 AM  
We got shiatloads of them here in Auckland and the council keep trying to kill them. Better tell them to stop, we might be the saving grace for the species.
 
2021-07-16 4:58:07 AM  

lifeslammer: So during spring when plants are blooming something makes birds easier to eat

And its been happening for fark knows how long, but because we are farking morons we must save the pretty birdies from a natural part of the ecocycle?


fark off. They clearly have not been put in danger by it and we have no idea what would happen to the ecosystem if we mess with this


......and it could very well be an introduced plant that is toxic and therefore not some "natural part of the ecocycle" at all.

I'd say thanks for your concern, however you didn't show any. Sheesh, did a parrot poop in your breakfast cereal or something?
 
2021-07-16 5:13:26 AM  

Bennie Crabtree: itsaback: FTA: They settled on a toxin as the most likely cause-yet excluded known toxins that can cause neurological symptoms in wild birds, including pesticides, botulinum toxins and alcohol.

They, of course, could be wrong.

I mean, what I gathered from the article is that the timing of the contamination has a lot to do with that determination. A new additive or recipe might be doing it, since they are working with known pesticides. Maybe something imported is not what the label says...?


I missed the map. It certainly looks like certain areas were the origin of the spread. It looks like the concentrated areas are by populated areas, and spread outward. Looks like it could be a pest brought in via shipping, or like you say, a manufactured product.
 
2021-07-16 5:29:38 AM  
The article says the main suspect is a plant, yet Farkers are playing House MD and wanting to see what the birds have stuck up their butt.

Suck it Trebek birds.
 
2021-07-16 5:37:55 AM  
Granted, parrots might well be assholes.

Evil Parrot
Youtube xFyIbjWSuS0
 
2021-07-16 6:17:28 AM  
This is sad. I would never wish harm on an animal. Lorikeets are beautiful birds with a playful spirit.

Now that is out of the way.

Lorikeets are jerks.

Here is a video of a bird lover and lorikeet owner struggling to say nice things about lorikeets, and basically warning people not to take the plunge. Not even once. I would not be so complimentary.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQsLC​9​T73Cg


I think I can summarize. They are dirty murderous vandals. Imagine the Three Stooges if they were the Joker, Harlequin, and the Green Goblin.

And that is when they are pets. In the wild, in groups, they are worse. Chaos engines.
 
2021-07-16 6:29:35 AM  

2fardownthread: I think I can summarize. They are dirty murderous vandals. Imagine the Three Stooges if they were the Joker, Harlequin, and the Green Goblin.


That is the most accurate description of lorikeets I've ever read. They really are evil bastard Three Stooges on steroids. Even birds twice their size wont go near them.
 
2021-07-16 6:37:15 AM  

itsaback: Could be an invasive species. Plant or possibly an insect that contaminates the regular food source.


Or, being Australia, something they've been eating for millenia decided to fight back.
 
2021-07-16 7:00:55 AM  
Authorities are saying, "I couldn't possibly solve this mystery..."
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2021-07-16 7:05:49 AM  
Anyone know where I can buy lorikeets in bulk?  I have some tests to run...
 
2021-07-16 7:36:09 AM  
Pining for the fjords.
 
2021-07-16 7:47:47 AM  
On it!

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2021-07-16 8:07:54 AM  

Nidiot: Granted, parrots might well be assholes.

[YouTube video: Evil Parrot]


Who is the git letting that gerbil be terrorised... Not cute
 
2021-07-16 8:21:53 AM  
Macaws eat clay to counteract the toxins in the fruits and nuts they eat in the wild.
 
2021-07-16 9:06:36 AM  
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2021-07-16 9:16:04 AM  
The local pet supply store had a couple of lorikeets who lived openly in the store, mostly just sitting on/in their big cage. One of them had a fascination with me and would get on top of the cage and demand to clean my teeth, customers would come in and see me with my mouth wide open and the bird's head fully in my mouth.  It was weird but the bird really wanted to clean my teeth.

Oh and this dose sound like a case of an introduced plant, I have not heard of it happening in South Australia, so it is something that grows (is used) local to that area.
 
2021-07-16 9:23:07 AM  

2fardownthread: This is sad. I would never wish harm on an animal. Lorikeets are beautiful birds with a playful spirit.

Now that is out of the way.

Lorikeets are jerks.

Here is a video of a bird lover and lorikeet owner struggling to say nice things about lorikeets, and basically warning people not to take the plunge. Not even once. I would not be so complimentary.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQsLC9​T73Cg


I think I can summarize. They are dirty murderous vandals. Imagine the Three Stooges if they were the Joker, Harlequin, and the Green Goblin.

And that is when they are pets. In the wild, in groups, they are worse. Chaos engines.


The monk parakeet is a (rightly) hated pest in Argentina; these feathered locusts can trash a field in hours, and they are afraid of nothing. Someone had the very bright idea to export almost 200K of them to Spain as "pets"... now Spain has a parakeet problem. If you Aussies find out what's taking them down, please share
 
2021-07-16 9:23:50 AM  
My (totally wild) guess: Larkspur.
It's a beautiful plant often kept and grown as an ornamental:
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Could be gardeners are importing them (they grow well in Australia) and, as all parts of it are toxic, it's killing curious and hungry birds.
 
2021-07-16 9:28:19 AM  

lifeslammer: So during spring when plants are blooming something makes birds easier to eat

And its been happening for fark knows how long, but because we are farking morons we must save the pretty birdies from a natural part of the ecocycle?


fark off. They clearly have not been put in danger by it and we have no idea what would happen to the ecosystem if we mess with this


Not necessarily a native plant - not likely.
I imagine it's an ornamental that Karen plants in her front lawn because the tuna/cum smell reminds her of the year she took Spring Break in Bali.
 
2021-07-16 10:03:08 AM  
Robert

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2021-07-16 10:18:25 AM  

Bob Down: I identified it as Audrey. You should probably avoid Audrey as well.


Ya gotta especially avoid Audrey 2.
 
2021-07-16 10:18:40 AM  

2fardownthread: This is sad. I would never wish harm on an animal. Lorikeets are beautiful birds with a playful spirit.

Now that is out of the way.

Lorikeets are jerks.

Here is a video of a bird lover and lorikeet owner struggling to say nice things about lorikeets, and basically warning people not to take the plunge. Not even once. I would not be so complimentary.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQsLC9​T73Cg


I think I can summarize. They are dirty murderous vandals. Imagine the Three Stooges if they were the Joker, Harlequin, and the Green Goblin.

And that is when they are pets. In the wild, in groups, they are worse. Chaos engines.


Bird Kingdom near Niagara Falls has a nice exhibit where you can feed them (in a self-contained enclosure within the open aviary, fun for kids (and the whole museum is good for a few hours if you like to see lots of birds). Unlike similar setups elsewhere, that activity doesn't cost extra.
 
2021-07-16 10:20:05 AM  

Flumple: Nidiot: Granted, parrots might well be assholes.

[YouTube video: Evil Parrot]

Who is the git letting that gerbil be terrorised... Not cute


Who is the git that copy-pasted the same video segment a few times to make a longer thing to post to Youtube for some advertising or SEO reason?
 
2021-07-16 11:29:06 AM  
Lupins
 
2021-07-16 4:24:57 PM  
I was going to say maybe cannibis seeds in bird seed, but since they eat mostly fruit, I guess that's iffy.
 
2021-07-16 7:12:31 PM  

cwheelie: Lupins


I wasn't even there!
 
2021-07-16 7:18:47 PM  

Private_Citizen: My (totally wild) guess: Larkspur.
It's a beautiful plant often kept and grown as an ornamental:
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Could be gardeners are importing them (they grow well in Australia) and, as all parts of it are toxic, it's killing curious and hungry birds.


Wrong climate, I'd guess larkspur likes it colder and would actually be more common further south. It definitely was not a plant I saw when I lived in that area.

Given the time of year this occurs in is early autumn/early winter I'd be thinking of whatever flowers at that time, which would be limited, or maybe something that has berries. If food supplies are scarce that time of the year the birds may be eating berries they would not eat if they weren't feeling somewhat desperate for food. I notice the least tasty berries always get eaten last in my garden, but they do get eaten.
 
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