It is commonly known how dangerous Australian wildlife can be. Australia has killer spiders, massive crocodiles, and 120-degree weather. But this particular video, posted back in January 18 of 2014, is showing a beautiful, non-deadly side to Australian wildlife.
The video starts when Gordon McCoullough leads his two small daughters onto their back deck, carrying kitchen bowls. He starts to whistle, and then the wild parrots come.
A least eight parrots can be seen in the video landing on the roof, eating out of the dad’s and daughter’s hands, and happily squawking as they waddle about on the deck. It seems to be a common routine for both family and birds.
These King Parrots and Cockatoos live in the Snowy Mountains in Eastern Australia, informally called “The Snowies.” This is the highest mountain range in mainland Australia.
It is not uncommon for parrots, even when wild, to flock to humans, especially if they are being hand-fed. Parrots are intelligent, inquisitive birds that love socializing, which is why they probably love this encounter as much as the McCoullough family and their viewers.
“It is very rewarding to watch my kids interact with the wildlife.” McCoullough says. It is evident that the daughters take their cues from their dad when it comes to being kind and gentle to these birds, though the youngest seems a bit apprehensive — perhaps she knows the routine a little too well and the intrigue has worn off.
These kids are sure to remember these moments for the rest of their lives. This activity has remained routine for the McCoullough family. The father comments, “I am lucky to get to feed them every day now.”
His daughters are also becoming quite the bird and nature experts of their own. McCoullough says, “My kids used this to share [this video] with their class. Now our kids are teaching all of their friends.”
One viewer asked, “Is this a family of Disney Princesses?” The dad replied, “My daughters defiantly are!” Another posted the video, comparing McCoullough to a “male Cinderella.”
Indeed, there is something enchanting to seeing all these birds flock to this family in their happy routine. It’s a wonderful picture of being in harmony with nature.
The McCoullough family clearly lives in a beautiful place with beautiful wildlife. The internet is lucky to have this video as a window to this winged encounter.