Parrotpocalypse forces residents to remain inside as thousands of parrots attack a town.
In a clip published on TikTok, large flocks of white corellas were seen gathered on the tops of the residences and over the lawns. Terrified viewers compared it to a horror film scene.
It was an eerie moment when many white parrots invaded a small town, causing residents to stay indoors.
These birds are native to Australia’s New South Wales Shoalhaven region and have been identified as corellas, a type of cockatoo.
Sydney suburbia residents woke up to what they described as a “Hitchcockian” scene when thousands of corellas descended upon their roofs and drives.
The videos posted on TikTok show birds screeching wildly as they carpet streets, roofs, and lawns in the town of Nowra.
These birds perch on street lights and power lines. The group flies low over the cameraman’s house at one point.
9News reported that corellas, a type of cockatoo, can be very destructive.
Foraging for food often leads to crop destruction and heartbreak for farmers.
Nevertheless, since they are a protected species, there is little that can be done to curb their occasionally unruly behavior.
Many viewers compared the scene to that in Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Birds, in which a crow attacks a man.
In one case, the parrots were wrongly interpreted as owls, and a reference was made to a powerful Harry Potter scene which has since been forgotten by time: “I’m just waiting for a letter from Hogwarts.”
During the non-breeding season, the birds tend to flock in huge numbers and will find a place to feed before moving on to their next destination, said Professor David Phalen, an expert in wildlife health and conservation at Sydney University.
“I think it’s pretty normal for them to eat it all and then move to another place.”
A wildlife expert examined the clip and speculated that the birds might have been eating something in the yards.
The creek has lots of grubs in it, which they seem to be attracted to since it has rained recently.