Ground floor lorikeets/parrrots

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Subject: Ground floor lorikeets/parrrots
From: "michael norris" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2011 15:24:28 +1100
Hi All

Maybe the question should be: which parrot species will absolutely not, never, nest at ground level?

Andrew Thelander mentioned budgies nesting on the ground, and I remember an account of cliff-nesting galahs, an injured SC cockatoo nesting on the ground, and a corella (long-billed?) making its nest hole in the middle of field for crops [in the AFO?].

And on 7 March Jason Searle reported Rainbow Lorikeets nesting under an uplifted concrete slab.

Incidentally I too have seen Rainbow Lorikeets nesting close to the ground (in the base of a Sugar Gum). Ours are hungry for nest sites with the burgeoning - pest status, some say - population as a result, I guess, of planting non-indigenous eucalypts in the 1970s.... and people feeding them.

The Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology conjectured that another possible cause was the heat island effect of the Melbourne metropolis.

Michael Norris
Bayside, Melbourne

On 06/03/2011, at 5:28 PM, Andrew Thelander wrote:

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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