Swift Parrots in Ainslie

Subject: Swift Parrots in Ainslie
From: Rod Mackay <>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:59:29 +1000
There were about half a dozen parrots outside Canberra Stadium 6pm last Saturday night before the abysmal Brumbies game.  The light was not good but they were calling and had narrow pointed tails.  I am not familiar with the call of either Swift or Superb. From my limited knowledge their size appeared about right for Superbs.



On 22/04/2015 5:11 PM, Anthony Overs wrote:
Did they call? The calls are fairly distinguishable. 

Superbs still in hawker most days. 


On 22 Apr 2015, at 4:53 pm, Nathanael Coyne <m("","nat");">> wrote:

Does anyone have a photo of swift parrots flying overhead they can share?

I've seen a few small flocks of parrots over the past week or two that reminded me of Superb parrots with their narrow tail ending in a point, but the last of the Superbs left Belconnen a month ago.

Nathanael Coyne (Boehm)

Canberra, Australia
0431 698 580

On 22 April 2015 at 15:46, Steve Holliday <m("","pruesteve");" target="_blank">> wrote:

While rushing around getting ready for work this morning I was delighted to hear Swift Parrot noises coming from outside. I was out the back door in time to see a single bird flying south with a Pied Currawong in apparent pursuit. The calling continued and a few seconds later three more flew out of a large Yellow Box in a neighbour’s garden, also heading south, and also with a currawong chasing them. No sign of them since I arrived home.


We have one previous record for our garden, from May 2002.



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