Re: Musk and Rainbow Lorikeets

Subject: Re: Musk and Rainbow Lorikeets
From: "Merrilyn Serong" <>
Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 23:53:26 -0700


>                      RAINBOW AND MUSK LORIKEETS
>         In my opinion the Musk Lorikeet was also rather unusual around
>         Melbourne 20 years ago, but for the last 10 years or so, they
>         have been extremely common around Waverley and particularly at
>         Monash University, whereas the Rainbow Lorikeet was less common.
>         I was away for June and July but since I have returned I have
>         not seen a single Musk Lorikeet, whereas Rainbows are much more
>         common than they used to be. I don't think this is purely a
>         seasonal effect as I can't remember a recent time when there
>         weren't Musk Lorikeets around.
>                 Little Lorikeets are certainly seasonal in Waverley and
>         tend to turn up in December.
>                         Aidan Sudbury

There has been a big increase in the numbers of both rainbow and musk lorikeets 
the Burwood (Vic) area, where I live, over the past few years.  The rainbows
appear to be around all year now, but the musk lorikeets seem to be more 
coming in large numbers mainly over summer, when lots of mature eucalypts are in
flower.   I did see little lorikeets at Jells Park, Waverley, at the end of July
this year (when you were away!).

Merrilyn Serong

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