Turquoise Parrots

Subject: Turquoise Parrots
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2003 15:43:51 +1000
Chris Hankel wrote:

In June, a friend, who's interested in birds, but is no expert by his own admission, saw what he could only think were Orange Bellied Parrots (because of a red patch on their bellies) in Violet Town, Vic, although he realized that this way out of their range. He didn't have a field guide to check finer details with him and I'm now wondering whether they could have been Turquoise Parrots, although I gather they would be fairly rare in that area.

Hi Chris

Violet Town is within normal distributional bounds for Turks in NE Vic, and that's a reasonable possibility for what he saw.

Not wishing to be too rude - but remember that male Red-rumped Parrot's yellowish belly can sometimes have a warmer orange tone too! The field guides I just checked don't mention this, nor HANZAB, but it's true (I promise).


Lawrie Conole
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