Lorikeets in Hughes (and Gang-Gangs)

To: "'Nick Payne'" <>, <>
Subject: Lorikeets in Hughes (and Gang-Gangs)
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 16:14:51 +1100
There may have been an original release of about 10 birds in Perth (I don't know) but I was informed a few years ago by several Perth people that this release was supplemented by more than this, over a longer period and more recently than in the late 1960s. Sorry this is only second or third hand or older news and I can't support it..... I wasn't there. Never been there.
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From: Nick Payne [
Sent: Saturday, 5 April 2014 2:09 PM
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Lorikeets in Hughes (and Gang-Gangs)

The Rainbow Lorrikeets that now infest Perth originated with about 10 birds, released either deliberately or accidentally in the late 1960s. In the last few years, at least 40,000 have been culled, and estimates are that there are probably about as many again remaining in the wild...

On 05/04/14 13:49, Mark Clayton wrote:

Perhaps I should have phrased my original point a bit more clearly. I should have said that the local birds ORIGINATED from aviary escapees. I am quite happy to accept that the birds are now breeding around town. One only has to look at what has happened to Rainbow Lorikeets around Perth to see what will almost certainly eventually happen here, with the detrimental impact on native hole nesting species that are already competing with Common Myna and Common Starling. I know of a lot of other records from the Kaleen/Giralang area that never get placed on any sort of report form. These are records sent or told to me by former colleagues at CSIRO etc. Unfortunately I don’t have the time to physically write down all these records so they will never make it to the Annual Bird report and the like.


From: Paul Fennell [m("","ptf");">]
Sent: Saturday, 5 April 2014 1:35 PM
To: 'Martin Butterfield'; 'Mark Clayton'
Cc: 'calyptorhynchus .'; 'Canberra Birds'
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Lorikeets in Hughes (and Gang-Gangs)

While the Rainbow Lorikeets first seen in Canberra may well have been intrepid escapees rather than intrepid explorers blazing new trails through the ranges from the coast, it is quite clear to me that there has been a significant presence of the species around Hawker for a number of years, both in summer and in winter.

The other day approximately 50-60 were observed in one group in Marrakai St Hawker, near a house where it was assumed the residents were feeding them.  Prior to that, groups of 8 to 10 have been reported as far back as 2001 in Hawker. At my house in Scullin at least 2, and up to 6 birds were observed daily feeding in the very large banksia tree near our front door.  They were there every day, summer and winter.  Since we have removed the tree, we get Rainbow Lorikeets in the yard much less frequently (still 2 banksias left), but observe small flocks regularly flying by.

I need no further evidence to convince me there is a viable long-term, wild, breeding population in South Belconnen.



Paul Fennell

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COG Databases Manager

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