Suburban and Agricultural areas Parrots

To: "Peter Them" <>, "birding aus" <>
Subject: Suburban and Agricultural areas Parrots
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2001 16:23:19 +1000
As you probably know from my many writings on this, Canberra Ornithologists Group has been doing a Garden Bird Survey continuously since 1981. I won't attempt to answer your question here but all the questions you asked are clearly answered with detailed long-term data for Canberra. The only thing not covered is hybrids of which the only one we get (and only occassionally) is hybrids of Crimson & Eastern Rosellas. We have 1151 observer years (43273 observer weeks) of data assembled and it is ongoing. There are many parrot species in Canberra. All of the larger species have increased dramatically over the last 18 years for which data are assembled. Only one (Red-rumped Parrot) has declined (but remains common in adjacent woodland) and one (Eastern Rosella) has stayed stable. Detailed information on the survey and graphs of long-term and monthly abundance of 150 species will be released in my report on the GBS soon. The Book: Birds of Canberra Gardens, a PR version of some of that information from the GBS, was so enamoured with the parrots of Canberra - because they are such a major part of the bird fauna - that it started with them.
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From: Peter Them <>
To: BIRDING AUS (E-mail) <>
Date: Monday, 19 March 2001 2:43
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] RFI Suburban and Agricultural areas Parrots

Dear All ;

Greeting from the green winter Denmark.

I am interested in the number of wild parrot species - natural
as well as feral - found in cities and towns as well as in
agricultural areas.

It is amazing how much parrot life you can find in the heart
of big cities and towns as well as in the agricultural areas.

It would be nice to have a reasonably comprehensive list of
species which have shown major population changes in the last
10 years.

Having a special interest in parrot distributions, I am
interested in the way in which species adapt, or fail to
adapt, to the changing conditions in the suburbs of cities
and towns as well as in agricultural areas.

It appears that adaptation to man-made habitats has had dramatic
consequences - adverse or favourable effects - for the distribution
of some parrot species species.

I would like to conduct a survey on parrot species which have
become either more or less common in suburbs and agricultural
areas in the last ten years.

In your responses please state :

(1) The name of the species.

(2) Whether it has increased or decreased in the last ten years.

(3) Parrot species regularly seen in the streets and urban gardens
    as well as in the agricultural areas.  

(4) In which city or agricultural area you have observed the change. 

(5) Any factors which you believe may have contributed to the change.

(6) Observations of parrot hybrids.

I look forward with pleasure and interest to your observations!

Thanks in advance for your response.

Best wishes, Peter

Peter H. Them, DK-Denmark, e-mail:

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