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Drunken Parrots Falling From Sky

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the polly-want-a-gin-and-tonic dept.

Australia 30

An anonymous reader writes "Parrots intoxicated by a mystery substance are dropping out of the sky near Darwin, Australia. From the article: 'It seems that the birds get intoxicated by something they have eaten and it renders them unable to fly and function ... they can get very sick as a result.' Around eight to ten birds a day have been brought to the hospital after falling to the ground in backyards and along roadsides. A total of 40 lorikeets are now receiving treatment."

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Not drunk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32462034)

No one? Really?

Ah well then:

"He's not drunk; he's pining for the fjords!"

Re:Not drunk (1, Funny)

SilverHatHacker (1381259) | more than 4 years ago | (#32464110)

Should have nailed them to the perches.

Re:Not drunk (1)

darthdavid (835069) | more than 4 years ago | (#32465848)

How the hell is that a troll you retarded fucking mods? Watch some Monty Python you uncultured twit. I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!

Re:Not drunk (1)

spambucket235 (1258304) | more than 4 years ago | (#32466854)

Should have nailed them to the perches.

Way too many MP jokes in this one!

Re:Not drunk (1)

Athanasius (306480) | more than 4 years ago | (#32468480)

I was more thinking of a riff on the sketch along the lines of "He's not dead, he's just drunk".

Why is the rum gone? (1)

ctchristmas (1821682) | more than 4 years ago | (#32462070)

So that is why the rum is gone...

Um, this happens all the time. (3, Informative)

bmo (77928) | more than 4 years ago | (#32462640)

Birds and animals love fermented berries and fruits.

In my parents' yard, there used to be this berry bush. I can't tell you what it was, but the flowers were always pretty and the berries inedible (for humans) and sometimes the yard would have drunken birds from the overripe berries.

Not news. Interesting, but not news.

--
BMO

Hangover (1)

bar-agent (698856) | more than 4 years ago | (#32462928)

Given how brightly colored those birds are, the hangover is going to be murder. And the screeching of the other lorikeets ain't gonna help.

Re:Hangover (1)

Rifter13 (773076) | more than 4 years ago | (#32465088)

LMAO. Great response.

I guess a less funny response, is to point out that Lorikeets tend to enjoy a diet filled with fruits. Makes domesticated birds dangerous out to 5 paces. No surprise they are getting drunk from over-ripe fruits, this time of year.

Obviously.... (1)

Reilaos (1544173) | more than 4 years ago | (#32465214)

The birds have caught Darwinism.

Re:Obviously.... (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#32465280)

The birds have caught Darwinism.

TFA:

"It happens every year around this season, they lose all balance and we find them fallen out of trees and the sky," she says. "Unless someone intervenes, they can't fly and will get picked up by predators."

Read more: http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/drunken-parrots-falling-from-sky.htm#ixzz0pviKykhI [australian...hic.com.au]

Okay I get it. The problem is that people have been intervening so birds which should get killed by predators don't and the trait is passed on. Maybe we are breeding new species of animals which try to look cute so they will be picked up by animal hospitals and enrolled in breeding programs.

Re:Obviously.... (1)

TexNex (513254) | more than 4 years ago | (#32466210)

Could this be the furry - ultimate plan?

Re:Obviously.... (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 4 years ago | (#32467618)

They've been Loricuted.

Re:Obviously.... (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#32467638)

They've been Loricuted.

There was this story about two birds which hung around an electricity substation. The male bird settled on one bus bar and the female on the opposite polarity bus bar. The male reached across to give the female bird a peck and....

Re:Obviously.... (1)

cffrost (885375) | more than 4 years ago | (#32468302)

There was this story about two birds which hung around an electricity substation. The male bird settled on one bus bar and the female on the opposite polarity bus bar. The male reached across to give the female bird a peck and....

...sparks flew.

Everything is drunk (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#32465216)

...in Darwin.

Re:Everything is drunk (1)

YourExperiment (1081089) | more than 4 years ago | (#32465718)

In Soviet Darwin, being drunk is everything.

No no he's not drunk! (1)

Waruwaru (857592) | more than 4 years ago | (#32465454)

He's, he's restin'! Remarkable bird, the Red-collared Lorikeets, idn'it, ay? Beautiful plumage!

Fucked up animals (1)

markass530 (870112) | more than 4 years ago | (#32465790)

Snails on meth, Parrots on the bottle, I'm waiting to hear about Lions on crack,

Re:Fucked up animals (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 4 years ago | (#32467634)

Lord of the jungle, and drunk as a lord?

Nothing New (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32466092)

I've seen flocks of Currawongs [youtube.com] absolutely smashed on fruit that's fallen to the ground and fermented in the sun. Flat on their backs, wings spread, beaks open, going "gaaaaaahhhhh". Hilarious.

Guess this song applies to parrots, too (1)

vashfish (974328) | more than 4 years ago | (#32466284)

Re:Guess this song applies to parrots, too (1)

vashfish (974328) | more than 4 years ago | (#32466292)

Natural selection at work near Darwin, Australia.

Reminds me of New Zealand Kereru (1)

dafing (753481) | more than 4 years ago | (#32466606)

A national news story about local Kereru ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_Pigeon [wikipedia.org] ) being drunk, and flying low over roads.

http://www.3news.co.nz/Motorists-warned-to-be-wary-of-low-flying-kereru/tabid/423/articleID/155234/Default.aspx [3news.co.nz]

Birds get drunk everywhere. I suppose it is an interesting story though, I covered the Kereru on my Animal Rights podcast. http://coexistingwithnonhumananimals.blogspot.com/2010/05/episode-27-drunk-kereru-and-humane-calf.html [blogspot.com]

nectar (1)

idji (984038) | more than 4 years ago | (#32467532)

I've seen lorikeets often get drunk on fermented eucalyptus nectar - their normal food - on a hot day. Typical, normal behaviour - they love alcohol.

Drunken Galahs! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32467842)

What a pack of Drunken Galahs, Mate!

I KNOW what it is ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32490644)

Avocados create around %10 D-mannoheptulose when they do photosynthesis.

I learned this studying plant tissue culture for Avocados around 30 years ago. This compound is a 7 carbon sugar that was said to cause instant diabetes in mammals although I think, not sure, now it is considered to simply metabolize much more slowly then glucose and fructose, the two sugars that make up common table sugar, sucrose.

In the avocado D-mannoheptulose metabolizes into perseitol, which is an alcohol, avocado fruit do not have any of either when they ripen but they can have quite a bit while they are green. My little dog, when I was a boy would eat the hard green avocados in the family’s orchards quite often you could see his teeth marks in the hard green flesh.

The life cycle of the avocado occurs on tropical mountain slopes and so the fruit with its seed would be carried by birds from the trees to their nests high up on top of the mountain, that is if they don't drop it along the way.

I have long thought/speculated that perhaps the purpose of the perseitol was for it to cause the birds to become drunk, nibbling on the flesh as they fly, so that they would drop the fruit thus spreading avocados up the sides of mountains so that they can find their perfect climate and soil conditions. I understand that sulfur springs are not uncommon in tropical highlands.

And the climate changes rapidly as altitude is increased, avocados are sub-tropical which often grow in topical latitudes, so finding the ideal microclimate is important.

Also, the young small brown leaves in their tips contain large amounts of the 7-carbon sugar and alcohol.

Are there any new avocado plantings where the birds live and what has happened to their habitat to cause them to switch to eating avocados?

I KNOW what it is ... (1)

MACchine (1055880) | more than 4 years ago | (#32490664)

Avocados create around %10 D-mannoheptulose when they do photosynthesis. I learned this studying plant tissue culture for Avocados around 30 years ago. This compound is a 7 carbon sugar that was said to cause instant diabetes in mammals although I think, not sure, now it is considered to simply metabolize much more slowly then glucose and fructose, the two sugars that make up common table sugar, sucrose. In the avocado D-mannoheptulose metabolizes into perseitol, which is an alcohol, avocado fruit do not have any of either when they ripen but they can have quite a bit while they are green. My little dog, when I was a boy would eat the hard green avocados in the family’s orchards quite often you could see his teeth marks in the hard green flesh. The life cycle of the avocado occurs on tropical mountain slopes and so the fruit with its seed would be carried by birds from the trees to their nests high up on top of the mountain, that is if they don't drop it along the way. I have long thought/speculated that perhaps the purpose of the perseitol was for it to cause the birds to become drunk, nibbling on the flesh as they fly, so that they would drop the fruit thus spreading avocados up the sides of mountains so that they can find their perfect climate and soil conditions. I understand that sulfur springs are not uncommon in tropical highlands. And the climate changes rapidly as altitude is increased, avocados are sub-tropical which often grow in topical latitudes, so finding the ideal microclimate is important. Also, the young small brown leaves in their tips contain large amounts of the 7-carbon sugar and alcohol. Are there any new avocado plantings where the birds live and what has happened to their habitat to cause them to switch to eating avocados?
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