FW: Lorikeet Die off
Chris Lloyd <>
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:28:35 +0000
I sent this last Wednesday but it doesn't seem to have made it up. Ciao
From: Chris Lloyd
Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 4:37 PM
Subject: Lorikeet Die off
A friend passed on the following message circulating in WIRES, one of the
NSW wildlife rescue services, which listers may have comments on. Despite
some extensive bush and suburb bashing along the Georges River from
Campbelltown to the Bay as part of the Powerful Owl project I have not come
across any signs of Lorikeets dropping in numbers beyond those chompered by
the POWLs themselves. There was the observations on the increase in Musk
Lorikeet numbers but it would be a stretch for that to be the problem for a
species (the Rainbow) noted for its fructose/glucose driven psychopathy.
"Since early December 2016, WIRES has been receiving reports of Rainbow
Lorikeets being found dead in great numbers with no known explanation. The
birds show no physical signs of trauma or disease.
Reports have continued to come in throughout January 2017 and the birds are
now being found from North West Sydney to the Illawarra. There is a similar
situation currently occurring with this species in Queensland which may be
linked but further investigation is underway.
WIRES is working with Taronga Zoo and affiliated organisations to
investigate this matter. At this stage, it is not believed to be a result of
If you see multiple dead lorikeets in one area, please take photos and make
note of the exact location. You can then send the details to your Branch
Bird Coordinator who can forward to WRO or directly to ....... This
information can be used in the investigations."
Ciao from Wagga Wagga where it is a balmy 38 today after the pleasant warmth
of 40 yesterday. Still trying to 'tick' a Bolt (Climate-change scepticii)
but the species seems in terminal decline.
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