Re: birding-aus Feral Parrots in Geelong

Subject: Re: birding-aus Feral Parrots in Geelong
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 20:35:12 +1100

> birding-aus
> This is mainly addressed to people around Geelong or others who know
> the
> birdlife here.
> A work colleague mentioned some "introduced parrots" that she sees
> near
> her home (somewhere between Waurn Ponds and Grovedale, W to SW of
> Geelong,
> Vic).  Apparently, a breeder released 7 or 8 "small African parrots"
> several years ago - stories differ as to whether it was an accidental
> release, or deliberately done, either by the breeder or by someone
> with
> unpleasant intent.  Now, the birds number "about 200" which could be
> anything from 20 to 1000 I suppose! My colleague is somewhat of a
> novice,
> but is planning to video the birds and show me the tape so that I can
> identify them (!!).  I might arm myself with a copy of Forshaw or
> something, but if anyone knows about these birds I'd be grateful if
> you
> let me know.  I'm sure the Dpt of Natural Resources & Environment
> would be
> interested in such an apparently successful introduction.
> I'll let you all know what the outcome is if I find out anything more.
> Maybe I should do a video capture and put a photo on the Birding-Aus
> page?
> I'll see how clear the video is first, and eliminate things like
> Little
> Lorikeet (which is a possiblity based on her description!!).
> Russell Woodford
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If they really are feral African parrots, they could be assorted
Lovebirds (sometimes called Nyassas in the cagebird trade). I have seen
Peachfaced and a blackish-headed species (?Fischer's) in petshops.
  I hope they will turn out to be Lorikeets. Lovebirds are classed as a
potential agricultural pest in WA. Native parrots have a hard enough
time finding Starling- and Mynah-free nestholes as it is.
  Anthea Fleming
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