birding-aus avian ectoparasites

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Subject: birding-aus avian ectoparasites
From: Atriplex Services <>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 17:56:24 +1030

Hello all.
This is an RFI re a flying insect(?) that I've seen emerging from and
disappearing under the feathers of a semi-wild Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
that visits us for a free feed. Its about the size of a "bush fly" but
is gives the impression of being somewhat flattened, dorsi-ventrally.
It's very quick and only stays visible for a matter of seconds but
definitely flies from one part of the bird to another. It definitely
annoys the cockie sometimes but is it a parasite (if so what) or simply
sheltering and possibly feeding on feather dust etc?
Thanks in advance for any helpful comments from the "experts"!
Regards, Anne
Anne & Roger A. Green
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