Another thing that birds spend a lot of time doing is calling out. You have probably heard lots of different bird noises today already. Did you know birds talk to each other just like humans do? Every noise a bird makes means something. Birds can even understand the alarm calls of different types of bird and help each other avoid predators.
Sometimes birds do behave badly. They are not trying to be bad, it’s just that they have learnt bad habits from living near humans. Some birds have learnt that human food is easier to get than looking for their own, natural food. Some Cockatoos in Sydney have learnt how to open wheelie bins and look for food scraps in our rubbish! A few Cockatoos have even been seen turning bubblers on and drinking from them!
The problem is that birds don’t eat ham sandwiches, sausages or chips in the wild. Eating human food makes birds sick and their babies can’t grow up healthy.
Have you ever had a picnic and been surrounded by ibis, ducks and seagulls all getting closer and closer to you like in a scary movie? Birds can turn in to bullies if they want some of your free food. When you come to one of our Botanic gardens or Centennial Park, it is best not to feed the birds. We don’t like bullies and we want to keep our birds wild and healthy.
Find out more about why we shouldn't feed birds bread here.