Princess Parrots Try this spot on the Mereenie Loop Rd.

Subject: Princess Parrots Try this spot on the Mereenie Loop Rd.
From: Ian May <>
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2010 16:49:43 +1000
Hi all

If looking for Princess Parrots along the Mereenie Loop Rd, there is an area with likely potential for finding them at 24 01' 54"S, 131 26' 30"E. The site is accessible with a Mereenie Loop Rd Permit and near a road building borrow pit next to a short service track with room to pull off at the north side of the main road. Putting in some extra effort here may pay off. Although I have not searched here, this is the only site along the road where the preferred habitat of the Mereenie North area comprising tall open forest of marble gum associated with a few scattered Desert Oak is found. It is only about 12 km south from where Princess Parrots were found many seen in pairs frequenting tall Marble Gum and displaying breeding behavior in early August.

It was after returning home and while looking at these locations using Google Earth that it became apparent that the plant associations around the borrow pit area are the same and almost continuously connected to the same habitat where Princess Parrots were found breeding. It is 7 weeks since then and it is probable now that adult birds are ranging away from their nesting areas to feed. Now would be a good time to have a good look.

It is worth noting that in July and August, Princess Parrots were often observed in flocks calling loudly while flying rapidly in an erratic, roller like flight and then landing nearby to forage across the ground for short periods.. Their behavior was conspicuous and would draw attention from several hundred meters. They were most active during two periods each day, from about 1 hour after sunrise and lasting for about 90 minutes and then again later in the day commencing about two hours before sunset and lasting for a period of about 60 minutes.

Some other influencing factors should be considered if looking for Princess Parrots now. Approximately 100 mm of rain has fallen across some parts of the area since August and at that time, daylight hours were shorter and weather was cooler. Birds now may be active at different times and may have spread out further.

<>For those that have not looked already, there are some great Princess Parrot pictures on Geoff Jones "Barra Imaging" birding web site. See <>

I have also posted some pics on Flickr.
See also

Good luck and drop a line to birding aus if you see them .

Kindest regards

Ian May
St Helens, Tasmania


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