Scaly-breasted Lorikeet at Hoskinstown

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Subject: Scaly-breasted Lorikeet at Hoskinstown
From: martin butterfield <>
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2010 15:16:23 +1000
Kim McKenzie has asked me to post this sighting to the chatline.  (I have slightly cropped Kim's image to get under the 100KB limit. 

I have also added an extract from birdata showing the BA Atlas records for the species.  Noting Joe Forshaw's comment in "Australian Parrots" that the species has appeared ".. at times penetrating inland by following westward flowing watercourses" I wonder whether it might have reversed this trend by following an eastward flowing river such as the Shoalhaven and then hopped over a couple of ridges to the Hoskinstown Plain.  In his book, Steve Wilson commented that at least the flock of 6 seen at Point Hutt in April 1987 " more likely to be wild birds."

Kim has subsequently commented "it's feathers looked absolutely fine and it flew well from the very little I saw it in the air. The tree it came into would have required a fairly long open flight from the direction it came. However it was obviously tired - it tucked its head under its wing soon after landing and rested a while before flying to the wisteria where I photographed it. I didn't want to hound it so left it alone and can't see it anywhere around now."  He will be putting in an Unusual Bird Report.


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From: Kim McKenzie <>
Date: Sun, Apr 25, 2010 at 11:53 AM
Subject: what on earth ...
To: Martin Butterfield <>, kamprad <m("","kamprad");">>

is this doing here at Hoskinstown this morning? Aviary escapee or straggler from somewhere? Or is it not so unusual?
Single bird, flew to cover in a eucalypt, then (obligingly) to the wisteria.




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