That is a great contribution to this chat line.
Clear, relevant, precise, detailed and with backing evidence with a touch of the
By the way, I hope he is right, it would be great to show
these truly superb birds are increasing. There has been conservation efforts
directed to this species and some of the local towns have "Superb Parrot
country" signs all about the place.
Allan Morris <>
Monday, 19 June 2000 15:24
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Superb
Parrots in NSW
Ian Fraser's recent record of 20 Superb Parrots
at Gunderbooka National Park (c.35 km SSW of Bourke) highlights how far
north these birds travel in winter away from their Riverina/South-west
Slopes breeding areas. However his record is not the furthest
north-west that they have been reported in recent times.
Two records are on interest. 18 adults were
observed at Bourke on 6 June 1989 (Aust. Birds 26,106) while 7 were
seen 30 km south of Milparinka on 21 October 1983 (Wingspan 12,31).
With such good seasonal conditions in north-west NSW at present, this would
be the year that they could return to Milparinka. Alas, Craig Arms, Robin
Benson & myself were not that lucky when we were there in late
More birds in bigger numbers are being reported
at more locations in recent years. Is this as a result of more people
reporting them or are their numbers increasing? My gut feeling is that their
numbers are on the increase. Is there any quantative data that would show
that this is the case?