immature parrots in Cherry Tree

Subject: immature parrots in Cherry Tree
From: "John Leonard" <>
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2005 01:00:02 +0000
We have a cherry tree in our backyard in Canberra and this year it has produced a fine crop.

The first to discover it were a large party of Eastern Rosellas, but since the first day I have not seen an Eastern Rosella on it.

Silveryes like the cherries, as do Starlings and Indian Mynahs, but each evening the tree is visited by several King Parrots and Crimson Rosellas.

What I have noticed, however, is that the KPs and CRs are all immature birds, whereas generally around the suburbs there is a mixture of adults and immatures of these two species.

Any thoughts on why only imamtures of these two spp should visit this tree, is it like children and sweet shops, ie immatures having a sweet tooth for something that isn't really any nutritive value?


John Leonard

By not valuing goods which are hard to obtain, you bring it about that people do not act like thieves. Te Tao Ching.

John Leonard (Dr)
PO Box 243, Woden, ACT 2606, Australia

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