chapter  27
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Birds

Cockatoo (n., v. + adj.). Convict; look-out or sentinel for criminals, a corner-man [Aus] (from the belief that a flock o f cockatoos post a sentry to give warning); be a small farmer [Aus NZ] (because, like the cockatoo, he was trying to live off a small area of land). Hence, cocky roads are the rough dirt tracks leading to such farms; cockatoo’s w eather is the sort that suits such farmers, fine by day and wet at night, fine on weekdays and wet on Sundays.