Suburban Melbourne Budgerigar

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Subject: Suburban Melbourne Budgerigar
From: Dr Richard Nowotny <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2001 13:00:17 +1000
A somewhat unexpected sighting yesterday in Elizabeth St in the Melbourne suburb of Malvern (? 10km ESE of the GPO) was a wild-plumaged Budgerigar feeding on grasses on a roadside verge. Obviously a domestic escape, it was quite confiding, allowing extremely close approach, but flying off to a nearby verge or an adjacent tree when a couple of gentle attempts were made to catch it. Shades of Miami? (For those who don't know, the suburbs of Miami, Florida are awash with escapes, ferals, introductions and tropical birds of questionable provenance - including a number of psittacines, of which Budgerigar has been one in the past - and may still be, although their numbers have fallen dramatically from what they were 20 or so years ago).
Richard Nowotny

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        Port Melbourne
        VIC  AUSTRALIA  3207.

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