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Magpies Helping One Another, Archaeopteryx, and the Endangered Gang-gang Cockatoos | WBW S2 E10

Welcome back to another episode of The Weekly Bird Wrap by Neil Hermes where I recap some of the most amazing stories and facts about birds across the nation and from all over the world!

In this episode, I’ve got three great stories to tell

If you missed the last episode, go ahead and click this page.


Magpies helping one another. Altruism at its best!

It’s long been thought that humans and primates were unique in their selfless caregiving behaviours, with both found to carry out deeds that benefit others without expecting anything in return.

Find out what happened that shocked the scientists about magpies.


Archaeopteryx: An Early Bird

Was Archaeopteryx the first bird?

Archaeopteryx is considered by many to be the first bird, being of about 150 million years of age. It is actually intermediate between the birds that we see flying around in our backyards and the predatory dinosaurs like Deinonychus.


The Critically Endangered Gang-gang cockatoo and what’s being done with it.

The gang-gang cockatoo, the animal emblem of the Australian Capital Territory, could soon be listed as a threatened species after the 2019-20 bushfire disaster reduced already declining population numbers by as much as a fifth.


Norfolk Island Tour on September 02-09, 2022

Join Us in Norfolk Island Tour

Loved my bird tour content? Well, Nothing beats being there on the spot, watching the birds!

Join me and my brother, Michael Hermes on a personalised journey through Norfolk Island’s history, amazing wildlife, and stunning scenery drawing on the knowledge and memories from my time as a Norfolk Island National Parks Officer and Michael’s background as an archaeologist working in places such as the Northern Territory, Tasmania, and Queensland. You can book through this page.

I am very excited to see you all on this tour!

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