Ground floor lorikeets/parrrots

Subject: Ground floor lorikeets/parrrots
From: Gordon and Pam Cain <>
Date: Mon, 07 Mar 2011 21:38:24 +1100
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A few years ago at a local cricket ground, my son and I saw grass parrots (red-rumped parrots) nesting in a hole in the ground left after the removal of a soccer goal. man-made and perfectly round, I suppose they had cleared out a bit of extra lateral room at the bottom of the hole. teh area was swarming with folk, the the birds seemed safe as long as no on e stuck anything down the hole.

Happy birding!
Gordon Cain
Schofields, NW Sydney
Message: 1
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2011 15:24:28 +1100
From: "michael norris" m("","menorris");"><>
Subject: Ground floor lorikeets/parrrots

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

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