Swift Parrots threatened in Tasmania by Rainbow Lorikeets

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Subject: Swift Parrots threatened in Tasmania by Rainbow Lorikeets
From: "John Leonard" <>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2008 14:36:01 +1000
There aren't that many Swift Parrots any way.... the estimate that
sticks in my mind was 2000 birds (or was it pairs?)

John Leonard

2008/9/18 Denis Wilson <>:
> COG Members with an interest in Swift Parrots might be interested to know
> that Tasmanian birders are concerned about the rise of Rainbow Lorikeets in
> that State. This has been discussed in some detail on a blog entry: "Parrot
> Heaven"
> Part of the debate is historical, about whether these birds were originally
> cage bird escapees, or were released deliberately. In fact they might have
> arrived naturally. Regardless of the hows and whys, the Tasmanian birders
> are concerned that the Rainbows are so aggressive that they might out
> compete the Swift Parrots. So, that could gradually reduce their numbers.
> Denis Wilson

John Leonard

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