Rainbow lorikeets

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Subject: Rainbow lorikeets
From: Nick Payne <>
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2016 10:53:04 +0000
In Perth, where I grew up, fewer than ten Rainbow Lorikeets released in the 1960s had grown to a population of many tens of thousands by the turn of the century, and they had become a serious agricultural pest. The WA Ag Dept has culled at least 40,000 Lorikeets without really making a noticeable dent in their population - I still see them everywhere every time I go to Perth. Birds which were common in Perth when I was young, such as the Port Lingcoln Ringneck, are now rarely seen in the metropolitan area because they have been out-competed for nesting sites by the Lorikeets. Unless something is done to keep their numbers under control here, the same will probably happen to the local Eastern and Crimson Rosellas.

I now see and hear Rainbow Lorikeets here several times a week on the average, whereas only a few years ago several months could elapse between seeing or hearing them.

On 30/07/2016 5:13 PM, Philip Veerman wrote:

I see or hear them flying over my Kambah home probably about 30% of days over the last few weeks. This is a recent change. The last time I observed them regularly at home was years ago and during summer months. About a week ago I saw about 6 perching and possibly feeding at the corner of Boddington & O’Halloran. The closest regular venue I know of is the Colquhoun St entrance to Mt Taylor. On Wednesday there were about 6 there. I wonder how long till or if they become regularly abundant.....




From: Sicheng Wan [m("","hydroscwan");">]
Sent: Saturday, 30 July, 2016 4:42 PM
To: Wayne Gregson
Cc: m("","canberrabirds");">
Subject: [canberrabirds] Re:Re: [canberrabirds] Rainbow lorikeets


There is a colony of no less than 7 rainbow lorikeets in Downer (crossing of Bradfield St and Nicholls St) recently formed.





At 2016-07-30 14:37:05, "Wayne Gregson" m("","wgregson");"> <> wrote:

>I saw a pair flying over Isaacs a few days ago - the first time I've 
>encountered them there
>-----Original Message----- 
>From: Sandra BLAIK & Murray DELAHOY
>Sent: Saturday, July 30, 2016 3:44 PM
>To: COG Chatline
>Subject: [canberrabirds] Rainbow lorikeets
>A small group (3 or 4) of rainbow lorikeets were feeding on flowering 
>ironbark at the Southern Cross/Capital TV site in Watson today.  First time 
>I’ve seen rainbow lorikeets in Watson.
>Murray Delahoy

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