parrot identification

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Subject: parrot identification
From: Vicki Powys <>
Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2001 14:27:57 +1000
on 12/8/01 8:39 AM, lorna bloom at  wrote:

> Hi,
> Ted Blackman has asked me to find out if anyone can identify an exotic
> escapee parrot that visited his garden in Turramurra Sydney yesterday.   He
> guesses it's of Indian origin.
> Size:  larger than a King Parrot
> Tail:  longer than body, thin and tapering to the end.
> Head:  Pale lime green
> Body:  pale greeny yellow
> Wings:  olive green with a maroon shoulder patch
> Bill:  Thick and heavy
> A ring around the neck which was dark in front and pale pink behind the
> neck.
> Many thanks in anticipation.
> Lorna Bloom.

This would be a male Alexandrine or Large Indian Parakeet Psittacula
eupatria, according to the picture in my copy of Salim Ali's "The book of
Indian Birds".  The above description matches perfectly.  In addition the
heavy bill is orange-red and the eye yellow.  From India, Bangladesh,
Ceylon, Burma, and is a popular caged bird, says Salim Ali.

Vicki Powys

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