King Parrots at Holt & galahs aplenty.

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Subject: King Parrots at Holt & galahs aplenty.
From: John Layton <>
Date: Fri, 3 May 2019 06:36:36 +0000

At 8 AM yesterday the grey morning was enlivened by two King Parrots, mature m & f, in a feijoa shrub in the garden. They’re sporadic visitors during the cooler months. First time I recorded the species here was on an Arctic-esque morning in July 2000, they were also fossicking in a feijoa.


On a rain-sodden Holt Oval at 10 O’clock this morning I counted 173 galahs, by far the largest flock I’ve noted in Holt since last winter. I wonder why they feed in such soggy conditions? Perhaps it makes the onion weed (or whatever it is they’re after) easy to extract?



John Layton


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