Exotic parrot in my garden

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Subject: Exotic parrot in my garden
From: "Joy Knight" <>
Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2002 09:50:57 +1000
For the past few mornings I have had an unusual visitor to my back garden in
South Oakleigh, a SouthEastern suburb of Melbourne. It is not in any
Australian Field Guides and on consulting Juniper and Parn "Parrots : A
Guide to the Parrots of the World" my best guess is a Ring-necked Parakeet
(Psittacula borealis) crossed with an Alexandrine Parakeet (Psittacula
eupatria). Psittacular krameri is also a Ring-necked Parakeet but I
discarded this one because it is smaller and doesn't have both mandibles

    metal band on left leg with numbers on it, couldn't read them.
    quite tame, it sat above me on clothes line and only fluttered to the
    other side of clothesline when I moved
    two mornings it flew in with Galahs, two mornings it flew in with
    Rainbow Lorrikeets (it fed first with the Galahs but the Rainbows
had it bluffed)
    LARGE prominant rose-red parrot beak, both top and bottom
    small black eyes, ringed with orange/yellow
    smudged black line under eyes
    ice green (washed avocado) front and chest
    high black neck band in front changing to a deep dusky rose pink
band at back
    mid green head and wings
    deep dusky rose pink flash on top of wings (Alexandrine Parakeet     has
maroon shoulder patches, these are definitely pink and are on     top of the
wings, not at the leading edge)
    lemon-grey tail that has VERY LONG central tail feathers that are
tinged yellow at the end
    no pattern under wings, pale lemon/grey-green
    same size as a galah, but slimmer and more upright

Have searched the archives and note that Michael Norris reported a similar
bird in February 2000 at Beaumaris, just a few kilometers away from here. I
wonder if this is the same bird, but now fully matured and living in the
surrounding golf courses?

Any suggestions?
Joy Knight

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