The RSPCA is appealing for information after the discovery of about 30 dead Corellas in a park at Thornside in Brisbane’s east.

It’s believed they may have been poisoned.

Ana Garcia reports.


Local residents who live near Willard Webber Reserve in the bayside suburb of Thornside, woke to an horrific sight on Saturday morning.

A total of 30 Corellas were found near-death or dead, suspected of being poisoned.

Residents were shocked.

Ian Cuthbertson, Local resident: “I was quiet disgusted actually, I was very surprised it happened and then the number 40 odd or something, that’s a significant number of a local flock that come here.”

The reserve attracts a significant array of birds and wildlife, but only the Corellas were affected.

Local resident and regular bird feeder, Barbara Chapman, says in her 37 years of living in the area, she’s never seen anything like this.

Barbara Chapman, Local resident: “Dropped out of the tree, it was horrifying and all this brown stuff was coming up out of their mouths.”

The RSPCA has indicated this isn’t the first time suspected poisoning of birds has occurred, but what is significant is the number.

Michael Beatty, RSPCA Spokesperson: “Extremely disturbing when you get a large number of birds poisoned like this. In this particular case it was over 30 Corellas.”

An autopsy will be performed in the coming weeks and hopefully give some answers.

Michael Beatty, RSPCA: “Animals or birds can’t talk, so you really are reliant on somebody coming forward with information, otherwise the chances of actually catching them are slim to non-existent.”

The RSPCA says it could be weeks before they get results from the autopsy and are encouraging the public to come forward with information.

Ana Garcia, QUT News.