Drunken Parrots Falling From the Skies
Keep an eye to the sky if you happen to be in Darwin, Australia, at the start of the wet season because that is when Red-collared Lorikeets are most likely to be getting drunk on fermenting fruit.
“It’s definitely a seasonal thing because it’s linked to what they are at at the start of the wet season,” Cutter said. “There’s a low level (of drunken behaviour) all the year round but it reaches a peak from June to August.”
Darwin locals say there has always been the phenomenon of drunken parrots in the streets at this time of year. They have trouble flying. They lose coordination, and they lose their fear of humans.
All are agreed that each year more birds seem to display the behaviour and they do so at about the same time.
Fermented fruit – Lorikeet-speak for beer?