Ringnecks And Eremophilas

To: Birding-Aus Mail <>, Robert Read <>
Subject: Ringnecks And Eremophilas
From: (Richard Johnson)
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2000 09:51:15 +1000
Further to Robert's comment on seeing Ringnecks eating Eremophila fruit near Alice Springs:
I couldn't remember ever seeing the local parrots eating the flowers or fruit of any of the numerous Eremophila spp out here, so I checked out the 'Food' entries for my local parrots in HANZAB Vol 4 last night.
Ringnecks have been recorded eating Eremophila buds, E. maculata flowers, E. oppositifolia fruit. There were no records of Eremophila-eating for Bluebonnets, Red-winged Parrots, Pale-headed Rosellas, Mulga Parrots, Red-rumped or Bourke's Parrots. Of course, no records doesn't necessarily mean that it doesn't happen - I'll be keeping an eye out in future.
On the other hand, Eremophila nectar is a big turn-on for many honeyeaters. The Black HE seems particularly attuned to Eremophila flowering and at various places in SW Qld I have recorded them feeding at the flowers of E. sturtii, E. freelingi, E. latrobei.
Richard Johnson
Roma District
Tel: (07) 4622 4266  Fax: (07) 46 22 4151
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