Bird band and no ID

To: "'David McDonald (personal)'" <>, 'Canberrabirds' <>
Subject: Bird band and no ID
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2020 06:00:10 +0000

My comment. The _expression_ “found a strange bird stuffed in a fork of a tree in my back yard in Nov last yr (butcher bird)” I take that to mean, not that it is a butcherbird, but, that a bird was stuffed in a fork of a tree by a butcherbird. That is typical of them. As an aside, they don’t impale prey, as shrike do………….


Putting the other bits together suggests that the band is an avicultural band, not an ABBS band and thus it is an aviary bird. On that basis Bourke’s Parrot is as likely as anything. They are a reasonably commonly kept pet. I can’t imagine wild Bourke’s Parrot anywhere in our region (not likely to pass through though I don’t know if the correspondent is in central Australia.


A mess of Bourke’s Parrot would show as a mix of brown, blue and pink, which is an odd combination.


Not quite sure what med size means. If the person has anything like enough remains to examine it should be easy to see if it is a parrot (small feet, two toes forward & two backwards, although cuckoos have the same).


Sending a photo should make it pretty easy, particularly of feet and head, if they are available.




From: David McDonald (personal) [
Sent: Friday, 17 January, 2020 12:47 PM
To: Canberrabirds
Subject: [canberrabirds] Bird band and no ID


Greetings. COG has received the following request. If you can help, please respond to me or, if it is of more general interest, to the list, and I will pass your response on to the inquirer. The details were sent to the Commonwealth Bird & Bat Banding Scheme officers.
Best wishes - David

I found a strange bird stuffed in a fork of a tree in my back yard in Nov last yr (butcher bird)and found that it was banded. I sent the details and photo in to them but they have just replied that they can't help as the numbering on the band is not in the same format as they use. I wonder if you or any of your members could help in either or both of two ways: Id of the bird and info on who would use this band?

The bird was of med size and pink, white with some blue. Does not seem to be a juvenile galah and can't think of any other endemic birds. On looking through my bird bk., the only thing like it seemed to be the Bourke parrot which possibly could have passed through here.

The band was on the rt leg and was gold/deep yellow and read AD - 006 (I think).

Anyhow an interesting one and any advice/suggestions would be appreciated.


David McDonald

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