At 02:36 PM 7/21/99 +0900, you wrote:
> What do any of you know about a flock of (feral?) Long-billed Corellas
>Lake Joondalup in the northern suburbs of Perth?
> Whilst there two weeks ago my companions and I were amazed to find a
>of around 40 in a recreation area at the west side of the lake. They seemed
>very habituated to human presence with kids running through their midst,
>looked very fat and healthy ( birds, not the kids ), and were doing their
>frequent thing of ripping up the lawns, presumably feeding. Our observation
>was that they had a slightly larger and darker red in their throat
>underfeathers but were otherwise similar to the ones normally seen in the
>SE of SA and in Vic.
> None of my field guides mention this population although Pizzey does
>mention some near Sydney, in north coastal NSW, and in Brisbane.I don't
>know whether HANZAB ( who can afford it?) mentions the Perth ones.
>Does anyone else have records of these birds, and if so, why don't they get
>a mention in the field guides?
> It also seems strange that WA, with it's record of keeping out other
>ferals, doesn't have it's agricultural authorities out with their poisons
>and popguns knocking them off as is happening in Victoria and South Aust
>ps.Could it be that the birding authorities in the Eastern States consider
>Perth to be a too distant colonial outpost to rate a mention as part of
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In reply to your query re other populations of Long-billed Corellas, there
used to be a group amongst the Little Corellas around the Wacol area in
Brisbane. There were also some with the Little Corellas in the Rockhampton
Botanical Gardens a few years ago. However, I have not been able to
establish if there are any Short-bills with the population here in Cairns
or amongst those in Karumba in the Gulf.
It appears that there are quite a few spread throughout Australia.
It will be interesting to see what other reports you get on them.
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