Superb Parrots back in Hughes

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Subject: Superb Parrots back in Hughes
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2022 00:40:56 +0000

Last year through winter, they were consistently around Kambah to Tuggeranong area.


From: Canberrabirds [ On Behalf Of Anthony Overs via Canberrabirds
Sent: Wednesday, 10 August, 2022 9:57 AM
To: calyptorhynchus
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Superb Parrots back in Hughes


I think there’s no doubt that a lot of Superb Parrots leave the area. And your observation may indeed be of returning birds. However, I’ve seen some data (and unsure about how much detail I can share) that indicates parrots may be here all winter roosting in several locations. One of those is in garran near red hill. 


On 24 July, while in Birdwood St Hughes (looking for a reported Blue-faced Honeyeater), I saw four Superbs fly over heading east, possibly to that location.


As I've discussed before, the distribution and abundance of superbs has changed and is still changing, and is something that we are attempting to get a handle on (I’m putting together a paper on this for CBN). You have to go back to the mid 1990s to find that classic behavior of arriving back in the region first week of September, breeding out at wallaroo/captains hill, seeing families in Fraser in December, departing the area in last week of January. 




On 10 Aug 2022, at 8:35 am, calyptorhynchus via Canberrabirds <> wrote:

Seen early this morning a flock of about twenty flying over. I hadn’t heard or seen them for about eight weeks. 


John L


John Leonard

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