Exile’s Lament

August 18, 2006

The title of this blog is weird. Everybody knows a cockatoo, one of those many strange animals in Australia. Cockatoos are a kind of parrots. They reside naturally only in Australia and nearby isles. All (21) the species belonging to the family are protected by international agreement. Some are even endangered: Goffin’s cockatoo, Red-vented Cockatoo, Moluccan Cockatoo, Lesser Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and the Palm Cockatoo.

More information about Cockatoos can be found in the on line encyclopedia Wikipedia.

The phrase ‘the notes of the tame cockatoo’ is mentioned in the song Exile’s Lament. The lyrics were published in the Sydney Gazette on 26 May 1829. The song is attributed tot M. of Anambaba. The author is an Irish convict.

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