Re: birding-aus Crimson Rosella Behaviour

To: John Leonard <>,
Subject: Re: birding-aus Crimson Rosella Behaviour
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Tue, 04 Jan 2000 14:59:37 +1100
John Leonard wrote:
> I saw an interesting piece of Crimson Rosella behaviour the other day.
> An adult CR flew up and began feeding another CR (ie beaks interlocked
> at
> 90 degrees to each other, the bird that flew up making shaking motions
> as
> though regurgitating food into the other's mouth). However th eone
> being
> fed was an adult (not a trace of green about it). Is this feeding part
> of
> pair-bonding?
> John Leonard

Hullo John
As far as I know, all male parrots feed their mates as part of courtship
and, very importantly, during incubation period. The female leaves the
nest and meets the male fairly close by.  Red-rumped Parrots, when
several pairs are present, often seem to gather in the same tree for a
late-morning to midday mate-feeding session. This always has a very
'social occasion'look to it and a lot of chattering takes place.
 best wishes, Anthea Fleming in Melbourne

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