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> Joy Knight wrote:
>> 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
>> coloured.
> Your description sounds like a pure male Alexandrine parrot - P.
> eupatria.  All Indian Ringnecks in Australia appear to be P. krameri
> manillensis.  It is very doubtful that any P. krameri borealis were ever
> imported into Australia.  A first generation hybrid between an
> Alexandrine and a Ringneck can usually be distinguished by the wing
> patch being smaller and a rusty colour compared to the normal deeper red
> colour of the pure Alexandrine.
> Alexandrines are a popular pet bird, and your sighting is almost
> certainly an escaped pet bird - probably recently escaped since they
> never seem to survive for too long in the wild after escaping.  Maybe
> check the local paper for lost adverts, it is possible that someone is
> advertising for it.
> cheers,
> Mike Owen
> Queensland
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