Re[2]: anachronistic parrot

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Subject: Re[2]: anachronistic parrot
From: (David Torr)
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 14:37:24 +1000
     Some years ago I had a personal guided tour of London Zoo (under 
     threat of closure at the time - did it survive?). My guide said the 
     next exhibit would make me home sick as it was a "Pennant's Parrikeet" 
     (or something similar). In those days I was not a keen birder so was 
     not surprised that I had never heard of this wonderous beast - imagine 
     my surprise that it was a Crimson Rosella. I have since seen one or 
     two books give it as an alternative name, but the Poms were clearly a 
     bit anachronistic on that one as well.

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Subject: Re: anachronistic parrot
Author:  Eric Hocking <> at pau-smtp
Date:    12/3/98 8:29

Just about to finish a biography of John Gould and it gives him credit for 
introducing the budgerigar as a pet in London probably around 1841.
Russell Woodford wrote:
> On Fri, 6 Mar 1998, John Penhallurick wrote:
> > An Eastern Rosella made another amazing appearance in a trashy film called 
> > "The Golden Child" where it appeared to be a manifestation of some sort of 
> > supernatural spirit!
> This was shown a couple of weeks ago in Melbourne - and they gave the 
> rosella a weird call - can anyone remember what it was?  Something
> thrush-like, from memory.
> Russell Woodford
Eric Hocking "A closed mouth gathers no feet." 
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