Ground floor lorikeets

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Subject: Ground floor lorikeets
From: SEARLE Jason <>
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2011 09:44:12 +1000

I have over the past few years noticed several low nests of rainbow lorikeets 
in the area around Currumbin Sanctuary.  Some are in the bases of Melaleuca 
trees (as close as 10-20cm above the ground). The best was a pair that nested 
under a concrete slab in Kropp Park at Currumbin about 100m from the beach.  
The slab was in the middle of a mowed parkland near the kids playground - the 
birds appeared to have dug out the sand under the slab, which formed the 
foundation for a picnic table.  I noticed them there every time I took my kids 
to the playground over a period of about 3 weeks.  The numerous people using 
the picnic table didn't seem to deter these birds ...

There were concerns that nesting hollows were in high demand and a limiting 
resource in the area around Currumbin Sanctuary, I don't know if that explains 
the low nests in this area ... ?

Regards JS

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Andrew Thelander
Sent: Sunday, 6 March 2011 16:29
Subject: Ground floor lorikeets



I recently watched a pair of Rainbow lorikeets checking out a tree hollow 
beside the Maroochy River in Qld. The only unusual feature was that the hollow 
was only about 4 inches above ground level. The birds actually landed on the 
ground to hop inside and check it out.


Has anyone seen lorikeets nesting particularly low?  I know that budgies will 
nest on the ground when all the available hollows are taken.







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