… the fruits of the Drooping Sheoak Allocasuarina verticillata would have been part of the staple diet of our local Sulphur-crested Cockatoos.
Not so these days, as this once common tree is now close to extinct in the Newstead district. In fact, on the Moolort Plains, once a stronghold for Drooping Sheoak, there is not a single original tree left – although the foresight of the Moolort Landcare Group has led to many being planted over the years. A few individuals can still be found on the rocky ridges of the Muckleford and Sandon State Forests – it’s always a pleasant surprise to come across a specimen.
Sulphur-crested Cockatoos have adapted to now feed on a wide variety of mainly exotic fruits, with olives, hawthorn and apples all local favourites.