More superb at Gungahlin

To: 'David Rees' <>, "" <>
Subject: More superb at Gungahlin
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2019 00:29:29 +0000

Hi David,


Yes of course I have thought about it………… (I didn’t just arrive in the last rain event.) Which is why, given that they don’t usually connect, the question is interesting. It is interesting here because here is where we have the opportunity to ask.  And not just being near each other at a temporary food source, but any interactions between them. I am not particularly predicting anything but I raise the point that for no good reason we do get hybrids of the 2 rosella species and we do get hybrids of the various lorikeet species and we do get hybrids of the 2 corella species………………


As for these two species. Remember the increase in abundance of King Parrots has been immense, as documented in The GBS Report. This happened many years earlier and from the other direction, they are spreading more northwards in our area, the Superbs years later and from the other way.




From: David Rees [
Sent: Friday, 27 September, 2019 9:12 AM
To: Philip Veerman;
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] More superb at Gungahlin



When you think about it distributions of these two birds do not really overlap, except it seems in rare places such as Canberra. Both are similar size and will feed on the ground for small seeds etc.  We don't get many King Parrots in Gungahlin.  But as the Superbs get seen more often in central and southern Canberra, such interactions may become more common.

On 26/09/2019 10:36 pm, Philip Veerman wrote:

I am still wondering as to any association of Superb Parrots & King Parrots. They are similar, but so far, I have never seen them together nor seen mentions by other people of it.


From: Danny McCreadie
Sent: Thursday, 26 September, 2019 8:10 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] More superb at Gungahlin


This afternoon I returned to Gungahlin and counted 124 Superb Parrots feeding on the ground in mixed flocks with other birds.




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