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'Birdpocalypse' Hits Aussie Town With Hundreds Of Cockatoos Invading Street

'Birdpocalypse' Hits Aussie Town With Hundreds Of Cockatoos Invading Street

That's a lot of Hogwarts letters.

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie

A street in an Australian town has been overwhelmed with a horde of cockatoos.

A resident in New South Wales has uploaded footage of the terrifying experience to TikTok, where it's been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

According to 9News, the corellas, a type of cockatoo, are native to the NSW Shoalhaven region and apparently they really like one particular area at the moment.

Bird lovers would probably be living for this many flying animals all in one place, however residents would probably be hating this influx.

The species is known to have a fairly destructive behaviour and the amount of bird poo that would be around there would be incredible.

Because they're a protected species, there's not much residents can do about the birdpocalypse.

People have likened it to a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds or joked there are a lot of kids on that street that are awaiting their letter to Hogwarts.

While many thought it looked pretty cool, others reckon it's emblematic of what can happen when land is cleared to make way for a new housing development.

One viewer replied in a comment with: "Maybe the trees that used to be there before the houses were built was home for them."

Another added: "Oh how sad we are taking all the habitats away."


But there could also be an even sadder reason for the huge collection of birds.

Professor Gisella Kaplan told the ABC corellas aren't known for travelling in huge packs unless their old homes have become quickly unliveable.

"Corellas prefer to move in small flocks of 20 or 30, but what we have seen in the last [few] years in Western Australia and South Australia and occasionally in Sydney, is huge flocks of thousands, but that doesn't necessarily mean that their numbers have increased," she said.

"It can mean that they have all fled from somewhere and flocked most cases, it happens when there is a dire shortage of food and water or the heat gets so bad they have to flee.

"We need to help them survive because in some cases it could be that the huge flock may be the sum total of all the birds that exist in that state and that entire huge region."

Featured Image Credit: @justsheff33/TikTok

Topics: Animals, Australia