King Parrots and Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos

To: "Clifton" <>
Subject: King Parrots and Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2005 12:21:08 +1000


This is an extract from my book: "Canberra Birds: A Report on the first 21 years of the Garden Bird Survey"

"Australian King-Parrot Alisterus scapularis

The largest of the brightly coloured local parrots, it is common in the ranges to the west of Canberra. Large numbers could be observed flying to and from the Stromlo forest roost sites (these are now burned down). This species has a very obvious seasonal pattern with a low in numbers in December, rising dramatically to a high in June, then declining. ............"

So at this time of year, the species is moving away from Canberra, probably towards more forested habitat, so yes there is a Spring dispersal/migration.


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