Escape from Monty Python?

To: Geoffrey Dabb <>, "" <>
Subject: Escape from Monty Python?
From: John Brown <>
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:03:31 +0000


I just want to check I understand this. Are you saying that these marks were put there by people doing research in order to track the bird (or the dispersion of a flock)? I have never seen or heard of that being done. Do you know who, when and why they are tagging the birds this way? If so we could get an indication of how old that bird is.







From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Wednesday, 25 September 2013 7:19 PM
Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] Escape from Monty Python?


In the archive you’ll find intermittent reports on these long-ago disc-flagged trackees, Robin  -  but the EX is  a nice point    g


From: Robin Eckermann
Sent: Wednesday, 25 September 2013 6:28 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Escape from Monty Python?


Sorry for the lousy photo (taken at distance on mobile phone) - but I was intrigued to find this Galah in the city with a bold label "EX" stamped on each wing ...


Was this an "ex parrot" that came back to life from Monty Python's famous "dead parrot" sketch, or is someone around town marking birds in this new way. It looked as though the marking had been spray-painted with a stencil onto each wing.

Robin Eckermann

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