large flocks king parrots [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

To: "'Jenny Smits'" <>, "'sandra henderson'" <>, "'Cog line'" <>
Subject: large flocks king parrots [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
From: "Perkins, Harvey" <>
Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2013 01:46:21 +0000

My guess would be that it is more likely that the ‘females’ of your harem are in fact a mix of adult females and immature birds (male and female). The inclusion of only a single adult male plumaged bird suggests it may be a creche of predominantly young birds with just a few adult ‘supervisors’.




From: Jenny Smits [
Sent: Wednesday, 5 June 2013 11:37 AM
To: 'sandra henderson'; 'Cog line'
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] large flocks king parrots


I’ve often seen big flocks in Yarralumla that I can only describe as a Harem – one male to 20+ females. Anyone know if that is a usual occurrence? Or just lucky for that one male.


From: sandra henderson
Sent: Wednesday, 5 June 2013 11:26 AM
To: Cog line
Subject: [canberrabirds] large flocks king parrots


while I admiring the 4 king parrots munching the berries on my cedar tree this morning, a flock of 23 more flew over - the largest group  I've seen in Wanniassa. There was an estimated 50 in a flock feeding on the grass verge near Yarralumla shops a couple of weeks ago as I drove past.

sandra h

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