Australian Town Gets ‘Invaded’ By Hundreds Of Cockatoos

Like a scene straight out of a Hitchcock movie, a New South Wales neighborhood was shown to be overrun by birds in a pretty terrifying TikTok video. Uploaded by a resident of New South Wales, the clip went viral on social media as so many people reacted to the footage of hundreds of birds flying around.

As 9News reported, the birds are a type of cockatoo known as corellas. These birds are native to the New South Wales region of Shoalhaven. And according to the news, these corellas seem to be very drawn to this particular spot for the time being.

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There is no doubt that residents of the area are probably feeling that they’ve entered some sort of Twilight Zone with the number of corellas flying about. These birds are actually quite destructive, but there isn’t much that residents can do to combat these birds as they are a protected species. Therefore, the only thing they can do is just wait out the bird-pocalypse.

As anyone can probably guess, the footage has attracted a huge reaction from people who immediately compare it to a scene from the famous Hitchcock movie, “The Birds.” But there are others who’ve also made the joke that the street must have a bunch of students receiving their Hogwarts acceptance letters.

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While these jokes are funny, there have been some viewers that have pointed out the sad truth that these birds’ actions are probably just reacting to loss of their natural habitat. As Professor Gisella Kaplan explained in a segment with ABC, corella birds don’t normally behave in such a manner like flying in a huge pack unless they suddenly find themselves without a home.

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

Kaplan then added, “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.”

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