rainbow lorikeets

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Subject: rainbow lorikeets
From: John Tongue <>
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2008 08:32:40 +1000
Hi All,
Just wondering whether anyone from the West has any idea of the numbers of Rainbow Lorikeets now extant in Perth?

This beautiful invader is not native to Tassie, though there have been small populations in some areas of the state - arising from aviary escapees - for some years. When we moved to Ulverstone almost 12 months ago, we noticed a population here, and were told it had been at around 6 individuals for some time. We counted a dozen in one flyover one day!

Just lately, though, we have had a couple of "Bushy Yates" Euc. lehmanii, (a WA native, often grown here for its blooms and nectar production) blooming in the carpark next door. A few days ago I went out to photograph the Rainbows making a cacophony in these trees and counted 32 fly out of one tree! Seems we may be headed in the same direction as Perth with our Rainbows.

John Tongue
Ulverstone, Tas.


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