Re: Mystery Parrot Solved!

To: "P.J. Milburn" <>
Subject: Re: Mystery Parrot Solved!
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 1998 11:06:16 +1000
P.J. Milburn wrote:
> David wrote:
> >       Thank you to all those people who answered. The consensus
> seems to
> >be a Rose-Ringed (or Ring-necked ) Parakeet from India/Africa,
> probably a
> >juvenile, possibly a female.
> With regard to origin should we rule out that the possibility that the
> bird
> originated from Christmas Island as a result of juvenile dispersal?
> Additionally, we could claim that this is a serious omission from the
> Australian Bird Field Guides along with White-breasted Waterhen!!
> Milburn
> Dr.Peter Milburn
> Biomolecular Resource Facility
> The Australian National University
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Glad to hear you got an ID on your mystery parrot. Indian Ringnecks now
appear in some European FGs as common escapes - there is a resident
feral population at Kew near london I am told!
Seriously, common exotic escapes should have a page in AusFGs, perhaps
on small scale. In my birdwatching career I have seen Indian Ringneck
Parrots, various Lovebirds, Chukor partridge, Common Pheasant, female
Golden/Amherst Pheasant, Java Sparrow - plus blue or yellow budgies and
mutant cockatiels and Zebra Finches. An occasional look at what
bird-dealers have in stock can be educational.
Happy birding,  Anthea Fleming.

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