Red-rumped Parrot's waterside nest

To: Brian Fleming <>
Subject: Red-rumped Parrot's waterside nest
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2004 09:23:38 +1000
Brian Fleming wrote:

  Locally, Red-rumped Parrots are now rather less numerous than they
were. Not only are the parks kept tidy, without weeds such as Capeweeed
and Fennel, but the much bolder Rainbow Lorikeets seem to be in
possession of most of the tree hollows.

Hi Anthea

Red-rumped Parrots are apparently increasing in number in the relatively manicured streets of Northcote (just a bit further in towards the Melbourne CBD from Anthea's patch). The Rainbow Lorikeets, though locally numerous as well, seem mostly to pass over this area on their daily commutes - leaving the Red-rumped Parrots and Eastern Rosellas to eke out a living on the suburban streets below!

I presume, correctly or otherwise, that they're nesting in hollows in plane trees - these trees have lots of holes, cracks and fissures, particularly those that have been pollarded in the earlier part of their lives. The RRPs seem to pick up enough introduced grass/etc seeds from footpath nature strips, local parks - and there's actually a small patch of native wallaby-grass (Austrodanthonia sp) on a nature strip behind us!


Lawrie Conole
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