Mystery parrot SE Melbourne

Subject: Mystery parrot SE Melbourne
From: Mike Owen <>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2000 22:31:32 +1000

> Please someone - help me if you have any idea what this bird
> might be.

> 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).

Sounds like it has to be an Alexandrine Parrot.  They have the colour you
describe and especially the red wing patch.  Have a look at the female pet bird
shown at

Sounds like either a young male that has not yet developed the neck ring, or a
female, which doesn't get a ring.  There is some variation in size of these
birds.  Ideally they are a quite large bird, about Regent Parrot in body size
with a much longer tail, but many are smaller, often down to an Eastern Rosella
body size - likely due to both inbreeding in the past, and also some hybridising
with Indian Ringnecks.

The bird observed would likely be just finishing it's summer moult, since their
tail is often much longer than 40% of body length.  Mine can have their tail up
to 60% or more of total length.


Mike Owen

Sunshine Coast

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