Aust King-Parrot feeding another bird

To: CanberraBirds <>
Subject: Aust King-Parrot feeding another bird
From: "David McDonald (personal)" <>
Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2012 14:45:10 +1000
Greetings. Today we had the ANU biodiversity bird surveys, skilfully managed by Tim Yiu and supported by a number of GOG members.

At one point my team saw an adult male Australian King-Parrot feeding a young? female? bird by means of regurgitation.

The breeding season for this species is documented as September to January. HANZAB states that 'Parents continue to feed young after fledging...; independent 14 days after fledging...; young remain with parents for some weeks'.

So I wonder what we were observing in the middle of July, five or six months after the end of the breeding season? An adult male feeding young from last summer? An adult male feeding an adult female as pair bonding behaviour? Other possibilities?

Suggestions welcome.


David McDonald
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Wamboin NSW 2620
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