I have another post coming out later today for Friday Grey Matters, but I just had to put up a link to this amazing parrot-post at the Lounge of the Lab Lemming. In America, the nuts of the sweet gum tree are prickly, indestructible annoyances:
It was a family joke that they were so indestructible that after the sun burned out and blasted the Earth’s atmosphere and biota to a crisp, the sweetgum balls would remain, the only biological object refactory enough to survive the inferno and bear testament to the former presence of life on the planet.
However, Australians have a bit different view of sweet gum nuts: as bird candy. An indigenous parrot called a Gang Gang was caught on camera by Mr. Lemming himself (I’ll not reproduce the photos, go see for yourself! My photo above is from Wikipedia) tearing into those iron-clad nuts like so much butter. I’d never even heard of the Gang Gang before, which piqued my interest about these hardy avians; read more about the Gang Gang Cockatoo here.
Many thanks to Lab Lemming for kind support.