Strange escapee

To: Alan Cowan <>
Subject: Strange escapee
From: Lindell Emerton <>
Date: Wed, 13 May 2020 06:23:20 +0000
There has been a grey cockatiel hanging around the Dunrossil Drive area of Royal Canberra Golf Club on and off for a few months and behaving as you have described - and flying in the company of galahs. Last I heard and saw it briefly was about 2 weeks ago.
Maybe the same bird?


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On 13 May 2020, at 4:04 pm, Alan Cowan <> wrote:

Has anyone else seen this escapee?
Location corner of Hopetoun Dr and Alexandrina Dr Yarralumla. I have seen it for two days. It calls loudly and continuously in flight with a simple repeated high-pitch "distressed" call. It flies very fast and moves restlessly from tree to tree. In general jizz it is a smallish parrot, perhaps a cockatiel, but the wings appear all-white while the back is grey or light brown. The tail was not noticeably long. I assume it is an escapee.
I did not have binoculars on me.

Any other observations?

Alan Cowan
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