City of Melbourne issues warning about cockatoos throwing pot plants from Flinders Lane apartments

Disturbing moment cockatoo intentionally pushes pots off an apartment balcony onto a footpath – endangering pedestrians

  • The sulphur-crested bird cockatoo is seen throwing pot plants from high up on a balcony.
  • Melbourne CBD Laneway residents, workers, and passers-by are all used to birds
  • Residents were urged by Council to stop feeding birds and take out plants from their balconies

Footage shows a resident causing havoc by dropping pot plants from his balcony onto the busy CBD laneway.

The City of Melbourne Council issued a warning after a sulphurcrested cockatoo was caught picking up the plants from an apartment balcony and dropping them onto the footpath. This is a serious threat to pedestrians and the City of Melbourne Council has taken action.

Monday’s video shows the cheeky bird climbing up an apartment block in Flinders Lane. He is seen laughingly dropping the plants while bemused onlookers watch.

Construction workers kept an eye on the avian air bomber.

A man warns others to be cautious by saying “Just be careful,”

The sulphur-crested, cockatoo caused havoc in a Melbourne laneway on Monday

‘He”It’s not happy.” Here’s another! 

One of the projectiles almost struck a man who was riding a mobility scooter.

The apartment building was located above an optometrist at Scott Alley just a stone’s throw away from busy Swanston Street. 

Video of the incident has attracted more than 1.5million online views since being shared by social media meme page Brown Cardigan.

Workers and residents are used to the bird’s crazy antics.

“It began happening during lockdown. Jason, resident, stated that he believes it is unique and funny. ABC Radio Melbourne.

There is nothing you can do to change that. Nature is all that matters.

Lucie Amulet, manager of the cafe, said that it happens every year. They usually drop plants, but they also drop socks. It is fun.

A Man Riding A Mobility Scooter (Pictured) Missed The Flying Projectiles By Seconds

A man riding a mobility-scooter (pictured) missed the flying projectiles in seconds

John Martin, Western Sydney University animal ecology laboratory researcher, was stunned by the video.

‘Wilfully throwing pot plants off a multi-storey balcony is a new observation – it is bizarre and fascinating,’ he said.

The viral clip attracted many comments from amused viewers. 

“Haha, he’s looking at everyone and asking them what they’re going to do. Calm the cops! One wrote.

Another commenter added: “I like how he looks at his handy work.

Others thought about the possible nightmare of filing insurance claims.

One woman laughed and said, “I like to claim car insurance.. a bird dropped a cup on my windshield.” 

The footage was discovered by the City of Melbourne Council. They have asked residents to take pot plants and other food sources off their balconies in order to prevent birds from attracting them.

An online viewer added:  ‘This is why you shouldn’t feed them. They get frustrated when you aren’t there on time and begin to trash the place.

Sulphur-crested birds are intelligent, curious birds that can be easily manipulated. There are many local ones.

According to the Australian Museum this pest has made itself a nuisance in many urban areas. The beak can flip wheelie bins, destroy timber decking, and panelling, and it is a major problem. 

Residents And Workers In Flinders Lane (Pictured) Are Used To Projectiles From The Cockatoos

Workers and residents of Flinders Lane are exposed to projectiles fired by the cockatoos.

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