Mystery parrot SE Melbourne

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Subject: Mystery parrot SE Melbourne
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2000 18:02:15 +1100
Please someone - help me if you have any idea what this bird
might be.

I'm not happy with two possible females: superb parrot and
ring-necked/rose-ringed parakeet.

A parrot has appeared in a garden in Beaumaris and in the nearby
foreshore. Probably the same species as one in the same area for
5 months in 1996. The following is a composite of notes by 3

Always in company of rainbow lorikeets but about 25% longer, say
35-40cm, but slimmer? and not? actually feeding on nectar with

A pale yellowish-green "like the leaves around a corn cob" or
"avocado".  Possibly slightly paler/more grey beneath.  Long
tail (40% of total length?) appearing yellow from below
(translucent feathers?).  Some outer tail feathers shorter than
the central ones, making the tail shape a long narrow "V"

A pink mark or oval blotch somewhere around the bend of the wing
or the coverts - "as if it had been pinched by someone with pink
paint on their thumb".

Red parrot bill with large upper mandible, pointing downwards
(rather like a long-billed corrella's beak).

"Floating", "easy" flight.  Call possibly "between lorikeet and

A couple of possibilities: female superb parrot (but yellowish
tail and pink patch on wing rule that out ?); female ring-necked
parakeet (pink patch again wrong ? flight wrong)....

And, yes, I know I should instead be writing to my elected
representatives (and the leader of the opposition) to tell them
that land clearance IS a national issue.

Michael Norris

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