Pissed-Off Cockatoo Destroys Shopping Center's Anti-Bird Spikes in Viral Clip

A cockatoo destroyed anti-bird spikes placed on a ledge above a shopping center in Katoomba, Australia. Video shows the bird methodically ripping up the spikes and throwing them to the ground.

The video, titled "F*ck the police," was posted to Facebook Monday by Isaac Sherring-Tito. It shows the cockatoo ripping up a strip of spikes installed at the Town Centre Arcade on Katoomba Street. The projections are intended to keep birds from nesting on the ledge, protecting shoppers from their droppings.

But the white bird was not having it.

Sherring-Tito's video closes with the camera tilting down to the sidewalk, where the bird, a sulphur-crested cockatoo, has already pulled up several sections of spikes.

Fuck the police

Posted by Isaac Sherring-Tito on Monday, July 1, 2019

The video has been viewed more than 2 million times and shared over 38,000 times. Most of the 4,400+ comments were largely positive, with one commenter called the cockatoo a "true hero among birds." Another wrote, "This bird is a bad role model for children—I like it."

Apparently, the cockatoo is infamous in the area for stealing snacks from tourists One Twitter user who recognized the feathered TK called it a "jerkbird" and "a liar and a thief."

I have several photos of that specific jerkbird. He is a liar and a thief. pic.twitter.com/epo20crrEE

— Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian) July 5, 2019

Sean Dooley, editor of Australian Birdlife, told The Guardian Cockatoos "seem to take great enjoyment" in destruction, "whether it is random vandalism or more strategic damage."

"It's pretty evident that cockatoos in particular are very intelligent birds and have, within their social structure, have to us what looks like playing."

Anti-nesting spikes are growing in popularity with shopping centers—if not cockatoos. Other anti-bird measures include placing decoy birds of prey outside to scare smaller birds away. That strategy, though, has proven less successful.

A wealthy neighborhood in Bristol, England, came under fire in 2017 for attaching spikes to tree branches to protect residents' expensive cars from bird poop.

The Katoomba troublemaker is not the only bird to take the matter into its own hands—or, rather, beak: In Geraldton, Western Australia, corellas, a subspecies of cockatoo, have been seen pulling guard spikes off the roof of the Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral. The birds have also chewed through wires at the church and tore asbestos-covered paint off the roof of a nearby hotel.

Cockatoos are a type of parrot, a breed of bird known especially for its intelligence. A 2013 study from the University of Vienna discovered cockatoos have the object-permanence skills of a four-year-old human.

Researchers also found that cockatoos will wait for a better reward rather than eating an offered treat—similar to the famous "marshmallow" experiment in which young children were offered the gooey treat, but told that if they waited 15 minutes, they could get two marshmallows.

Children who waited were shown to be better in school as they grew up.