Swiss Parrot

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Subject: Swiss Parrot
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2003 13:45:53 +1000
Perhaps it is related to the "Norwegian blue", courtesy of Monty Python.
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From: Andy Burton <>
To: <>
Date: Wednesday, 9 July 2003 8:24
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Swiss Parrot

Hi all,

sounds to me as though someone's taking the pith out of John Howard.


In May the Australian Prime Minister issued a press release
announcing that a large grant had been given towards the recovery of
the Swiss Parrot Lathamus helvetica. This caused great excitement in
Switzerland as the existence of the species had been completely
overlooked. Nevertheless the money was gratefully stashed away in a
Swiss bank from which it cannot be retrieved for over 50 years, and
then only by application to the international court in the Hague.
However this is unlikely as 50 years hence it is unlikely any
descendents of the aforementioned parrot will still survive. In the
same press release money was provided for the Glossy Red-tailed
Black-Cockatoo, presumably to be spread among two species and 8
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