Re: parrots in backyards

Subject: Re: parrots in backyards
From: Peter Woodall <>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 09:23:02 +1000
At 08:53 25/03/98 +1100, you wrote:
>Well, it seems that many people have more than 6 species in their backyards!
>However I was asking whether there is anywhere else in the world (Africa,
>S.America?) where it's possible to get 5-10 species of native parrots in
>one's suburban backyard.
Africa doesn't have a great diversity of parrots (it makes up for it in
many other ways!) and I'll stick my neck out and say that there is no where,
backyard or forest, that has more than 5 species.
Africa in total has 18 species, Australian 50+, Brazil 70 (Birds of Africa 
vol III).

The highest diversity seems to be around Cameroon & Gabon, with:
Grey parrot
Red-fronted Parrot
Red-headed Lovebird
Black-collared Lovebird

or Burundi:
Grey Parrot
Brown-necked parrot
Meyer's Parrot
Red-headed Lovebird
Fischer's Lovebird



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