Re: birding-aus Another Mystery Bird

Subject: Re: birding-aus Another Mystery Bird
From: Mike Owen <>
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 1999 21:43:13 +1000

Vicki Parslow Stafford wrote:
> birding-aus
> 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.

I don't have any real idea for this bird Vicki.  The visual
description possibly sounds a bit like an immature peachface
lovebird (they only get face colour at around 4 to 6 months) but
a lovebird in no way has a "rather sweet double-syllabled
rosella-like tinkling chirrup".  More a harsh machine gun
racket!  Maybe a young Turquoisine but I have never seen one hang
up-side-down on a branch.  The colour and song might match but
the behaviour doesn't.  Maybe it has been hanging out with


Mike Owen
Sunshine Coast
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