|To:||"Lawrie Conole" <>|
|Subject:||Re: Blue Winged Parrot --> Red Rumped Parrots|
|Date:||Tue, 7 Jan 2003 13:59:14 +1100|
Ah Yes...they are indeed red-rumped parrots as Lawrie suggests!
For some reason i was convinced they were of the neophema variety.
For those in the Geelong region, there is about 40 odd RED-RUMPED PARROTS around Fyansford. They can generally be seen near the new bridge on the walking track at the Barwon-Moorabool Junction.
Another exciting sighting down at Fyansford was a crested shrike-tit near the walk bridge crossing the Moorabool River.
> One distinguishing feature i've seen, that is
> not mentioned in my field guide (Simpson and
> Day) is the red markings on the rump, at the
> beginning of the tail feathers.
Try looking at Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus) - I think
you'll find that to be your bird. There are Blue-wings around though,
so don't be discouraged!
> P.s. After researching more into orange-bellied
> parrots and going out to Murtcaim near the WTP,
> it makes me wonder how allowing the grazing of
> sheep and cattle will help protect an endangered
> grass land parrot???
OBPs actually feed mostly on a range of introduced pasture weeds on the
mainland as far as I can recall. Down in Tassie they forage in
heathland and buttongrass sedgeland (rather than grasslands). They seem
to be at least slightly flexible in terms of dietary intake.
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