Re: birding-aus Long-billed Corellas in Perth

Subject: Re: birding-aus Long-billed Corellas in Perth
From: Delphine McFarlane <>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 1999 15:30:21 +0800
Hi Tony, et al,
It appears that the Corellas have been around the Perth metro area for
several years but are becoming more bold and used to people.
I have seen a flock of nearly 100 Long Billed Corellas feeding on the
lawned area around the busy Narrows interchange area along Mounts Bay Road
on several occasions during May this year.  They often frequent the
Guildford area and I have seen smaller flocks south of the river around the
Melville area.


>Hi all,
>       What do any of you know about a flock of (feral?) Long-billed
>Corellas at
>Lake Joondalup in the northern suburbs of Perth?
>       Whilst there two weeks ago my companions and I were amazed to find
>a flock
>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
>Cheers. Tony.
>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
>Australasia? Oooops!
>Tony Russell,
>45, Ridgefield Ave.,
>Adelaide, South Australia
>Ph:  08 8337 5959
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