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What’s Australia's best-loved fowl? Guardian readers reply

Cockatoos emerge unsurprising favourites from our avian callout however some much less seemingly contenders get the thumbs-up too

After New Zealand voted the kea its favorite fowl, we requested Guardian readers which Australian fowl they love most – and least. With greater than 800 species to select from, we tapped into a variety of opinion on the topic.

One factor is clear from the remark thread: there’s quite a lot of avian love on the market, and a few discovered it laborious to decide on a No 1. As our personal First Canine on the Moon identified, “there are not any unhealthy birds”.

One other instance of the Guardian and its id politics.

Certainly the very best Australian fowl must be the cassowary.

Electrical-blue, clawed, horned, and 6 toes tall, nobody exterior Australia really believes the cassowary exists. It’s the drop bear of the avian world.

Have spent a very engrossing couple of hours watching (by way of binoculars) a wedge tail-eagle cruising up and down a ridge line using thermals and in search of prey.

He barely flapped his wings.

The kookaburra I noticed on the poshest avenue in Newtown, holding somebody’s prized koi carp in his beak, whacking the already lifeless fish on the department earlier than guzzling it down little by little. ‘I’ve received this sorted,’ its expression mentioned.

One of the best fowl is a Jabiru as a result of they’re monumental, majestic dinosaurs with evil Tolkienite faces, who construct six-foot-wide nests.

The opposite finest fowl is the curlew, as a result of it’s ridiculous and bases its complete survival on standing immobile every time it’s close to a human, pretending to be a plant.

Swift, silent, nocturnal, fugly. Humble however bloody good at its job. Which incorporates wanting like a little bit of damaged tree. And sounding like a distant bubble jet printer.

I’ve a fantasy of an alternate actuality Australia the place the galah is our nationwide image and our flag is just pink and gray.

Definitely, the worst is the frequent mynah – the cane toads of the sky.

Sure, there are unhealthy invaders, however our native rogue has the higher hand over even them. Shoot a loud miner household out of a patch of woodland, and as much as 16 different woodland fowl species return to stay there. This bully boy might outbully Trump, wings down.

Bin chickens are evil. They fake they’re mild and pleasant, then they take your sandwich out of your hand and smack you with a wing in case you contemplate combating again.

Who cares in the event that they like to scrub up meals scraps and such? Higher them doing it than rats and pigeons, absolutely?

Australia’s birds are second to none.

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