Definition of stringybark cockatoo in English:

stringybark cockatoo

(also stringybark settler)


Australian informal
  • A poor farmer.

    ‘a belt-tightening diet worse than that of the poorest stringybark cockatoo’
    • ‘With no other means of support, the miner goes to work for a "stringybark cockatoo."’
    • ‘He traces the evolution of the Australian balled through the satirical ditties in which hired men expressed their feelings about the "stringybark cockatoo" who employed them.’
    • ‘Dad and Dave were not pastoral workers, bushmen proper, but poor selectors, 'stringybark cockatoos', who were sneered at by the men from farther out.’
    • ‘These were the selectors, the stringybark cockatoos, the failed goldseekers turned settlers, battling it out on the thin edge of survival.’
    • ‘The party also inherited the meat-eaters contempt for both the aristocratic squatter and the foolish 'stringy-bark cockatoo'.’