Russell Woodford's query, and Mike Owen's response, prompted me to ask for
suggestions about a "mystery parrot" seen in my back yard last week.
I was alerted by the call at first. Rainbow and scaly-breasted lorikeets
are in large numbers around here, and pale headed-rosellas quite common.
This was the call of a single bird, a rather sweet double-syllabled
rosella-like tinkling chirrup. Eventually I spotted signs of vigorous
lorikeet-like scrabbling in a small cassia bush. The bird was doing as
lorikeets do when feeding eg shuffling along the branch, hanging
upside-down etc (but no blossoms on the tree).
I didn't get a good look from all angles before it flew off, so all I could
tell was that it had a fairly uniform dull olive-green colour above; no
head or facial colour markings that I could see at that distance; and a
pale-lemon belly (no distinct demarcation between breast and belly). In
size, it was noticeably smaller than a scaly-breasted lorikeet, with a
short stubby tail.
My two guesses were a (possibly juvenile) little lorikeet, or an escaped
aviary lovebird of some kind. Suggestions appreciated.
Vicki Parslow Stafford | "Even if you can't live up
(Procrastination While U Wait) | to your destiny, you can
| at least have one".
Ipswich, Qld. Australia
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