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From: "Peter Them" <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2001 22:26:49 +0200
Dear All ...

Greeting from the summer Denmark. - I have just returned fro
a great birding trip to Greenland, the northern part of the
Danish Kingdom.

Thanks to all who had send me mails concerning URBAN PARROTS.

I can't tell you how much I appreciate all of the great information
and wonderfull news.

Parrots seem to be very successful urban birds, mayby that´s their
future ... !?!

Isn't it an interesting case, an endangered bird in the wild that
is common in a city ... ?

During my Parrot Watching trips around in the world I had found
it amazing how much parrot life you can find in the heart of big
cities and towns.

Example, in Australia parrots graze on the lawns like pigeons or
sheep, and fly in flocks through the city centre. And, another
example in Belem, Brazil, we saw hundred of parrots in the centre
of the town.

It would be nice to have a reasonably comprehensive list of species
which have shown major population changes in the last 10 years.

Having a special interest in parrot distributions, I am interested
in the way in which species adapt, or fail to adapt, to the changing
conditions in the suburbs of cities and towns.

It appears that adaptation to man-made habitats has had dramatic
consequences - adverse or favourable effects - for the distribution
of some parrot species.

As I would like to create a picture of the urban parrots throughtout
the world, I had forwarded a RFI ( Request For Informations ), and
had so far I had received responses from :

# AFRICA : Egypt - Uganda
# CARIBBEAN : Dominican Republic
# CENTRAL AMERICA : Costa Rica - Panama
# EUROPE :Austria, Belgium, Finland Germany, Greece, Holland,
          Spain, Turkey, U.K.
# SOUTH AMERICA : Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Equador, Venezuela.

( I do hope to get informations from among other :  Arabian - Asia -
  Far East - Indian Ocean - Pacific  )

The rcvd. responses among other included informations according to :

(1) The name of the species.
(2) Whether it has increased or decreased in the last ten years.
(3) Parrot species regularly seen in the streets and urban gardens
    as well as in the agricultural areas.
(4) In which city or agricultural area you have observed the change.
(5) Any factors which you believe may have contributed to the change.
(6) Observations of parrot hybrids.

I would like to thank everybody who responded so promptly with
advice and contact details to my RFI.

Just let me know if you want to see the inputs ... !

The many mails concerning the topic raises a question in my mind :

- What is it the urban can offer the parrots, which the parrots
  natural homeland seem not ( any longer ) can offer ... ? - Can
  it be safety, food and nests ?

In case you have observations concerning urban parrots and viewpoints
related to the topic, I would be very please to learn also your input.

Thanks in advance for your response.

I look forward with pleasure and interest to your observations ... !

Best wishes, Peter

Peter H. Them, DK-Denmark, 

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