Re: parrot identification

To: "Mike Owen" <>, "birding aus" <>
Subject: Re: parrot identification
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 17:45:46 +1000
So it appears I have learned something. I didn't know that. 10's of thousands seems a bit extreme?
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From: Mike Owen <>
To: <>
Date: Tuesday, 14 August 2001 8:37
Subject: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] Re: parrot identification

Ronald Orenstein wrote:

> I disagree.  The description specifically referred to the large size
> (bigger than a King Parrot), thick and heavy bill and maroon shoulder
> patch, all features of the Alexandrine (which should be P. eupatria)
> and not the Ring-neck.  There is no reason why an escaped Alexandrine
> could not show up in Australia - the bird is common in aviculture.

While not as common as Ringneck parrots, the Alexandrine is still
present in Australia in the 10's of thousands, with many in the
Toowoomba area.  It is commonly kept both in aviculture and as a pet
bird.  The description supplied exactly fitted that of the Alexandrine
Parrot - undoubtedly an escaped aviary or pet bird.


Mike Owen
Sunshine Coast

Australian Rep.
World Parrot Trust
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