Orange-bellied Parrot diet (Vic.)

Subject: Orange-bellied Parrot diet (Vic.)
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 10:24:21 +1000

From: Martin  on 16/10/2001 10:24 AM

Subject:  Orange-bellied Parrot diet (Vic.)

Further to the question about Orange-bellied Parrot's 'depending' on introduced
weeds for food.

I passed this by the OBP Recovery Team Co-ordinator, Peter Menkhorst and he
advised the following:

its perhaps a bit strong to say that OBPs are weed dependant - they certainly
eat the seeds and flowers of a number of weed species [Cakile maritima, Plantago
coronopus, Polygonum aviculare, Arctotheca calendula, Atriplex prostrata and Poa
annua spring to mind]. However, the degree to which OBPs are dependant on these
species is difficult to gauge.


Sounds like something may need to be corrected.

Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer & Secretary
Scientific Advisory Committee
Parks Flora and Fauna Division
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
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East Melbourne  3002

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