Orange-bellied Parrots

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Subject: Orange-bellied Parrots
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2001 12:42:02 +1000
Hi Birders,
I was surprised to read that the NSW Scientific Committee accepted the Orange-bellied Parrot as an "Irregular visitor to NSW". The grounds for acceptance don't seem to be very scientific to me.
McGill (A Handlist of the Birds in NSW 1960) mentioned the 5 specimens collected at Middle Head about 1900 (in North 1912) where they were supposed to be breeding (sic) but the specimens are now lost, and mentions two at Riverstone in 1907. He does not accept any other records.
Morris, McGill & Holmes 1981 (Handlist of Birds in New South Wales) mentions the North records only and no other.
As far as I recall the John Hobbs record at Comerong Island 12-13 June 1986 was never published with description even though it would have been the first record for NSW in 80 years!
As all other parrots regularly escape their cages and Orange-bellied Parrots are not unknown in collections, I would find it hard to accept that there are any reliable records for NSW (acknowledging that the jury is still out on the very recent Laughtondale birds).
So on what basis the Scientific Committee (if reported correctly) can accept the bird for NSW other than a vagrant and or escapee seems strange to me.
Alan Morris
NSWFOC Records Officer
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