Rainbow Lorikeets

Subject: Rainbow Lorikeets
From: Victoria Quinton <>
Date: Sun, 09 Apr 2000 08:00:46 +1000
There have been many more than usual Rainbow lorikeets here
recently.(Frankston, Vic)
We were outside eating near dusk and groups of nearly 10 at a time would
fly overhead, between neighbourhood trees, each of which were easily
visible, so Emily could follow their progress.

A lovely white plumed honeyeater was "looping the loop" and wattlebirds
added to the cacophony.

I am in two minds about how to talk about birds like mynas, Common
Starlings and blackbirds to my children.  Things tend to be "good" or "bad"
to a 6 year old.  So far I have described mynas as "those brown birds with
black heads that run around like cowboys and scare away other birds".

At the very least, if Emily and other children can learn to recognise types
of bird, etc and keep records, the information can be used later.Should I
start out with ideas of some birds being "better than others"?

Victoria Quinton

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