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Feathered friends call Coorparoo high school home

Newest members of the Coorparoo Secondary College family – Nip and Fluff at 19 days

Dick and Dora are Tawny Frogmouth birds.

Affectionately named by students and staff at Coorparoo Secondary College, Dick and Dora have been sharing the school space for several years.

Principal Jeff Barnett explained that although we often call them owls, they are from the bird family of Nightjars.

In term 4 last year, for the first time, a nest was sighted in a tree between E block and F block. The nest can be seen from the first-floor veranda, so staff and students watched and waited for any movement that could be a hatchling. 

"During this time, Year 7 Science classes were studying Habitats and Adaptations. Our science teacher, Lin Chan, was able to demonstrate how living and non-living factors influence survival," Mr Barnett said.

Finally, late in week 6 a cluster of snowy white feathers appeared below the belly of the male bird. The male bird generally sits on the nest during the day while the female takes his place at night.

Dick and Dora had become the proud parents of Nip and Fluff, with the Coorparoo Secondary College community a delighted extended family.

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Last updated
30 April 2019