Scaly-breasted Lorikeet at Beaumaris, Vic

To: S Cooney <>
Subject: Scaly-breasted Lorikeet at Beaumaris, Vic
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 19:49:58 +1100
Hi Stuart (and all)

Glad you enjoyed the Scalies (and lunch) but they are almost
always present, often at holes in Coast Banksias. Especially
near two toilets!

Perhaps it's worth giving a summary of past records
(remembering 160 species have been recorded in 2-3 km along
this part of the coast).

Earliest record 1976 - cross-breeding with a Little
Lorikeet. See "Birds of Port Phillip Bay" where Ricketts
Point is the only site mentioned for the species.  

Since then increasing breeding with top count of 9 birds
(April 2000) and probable attempted breeding in a Canary
Island Pine in the Sandringham foreshore gardens in October
2000 (where at least 2 pairs of Rainbows were nesting). 

Cross-breeding with Rainbow Lorikeets first definitely
recorded at Ricketts in, I think, 1995. See Moira Longden's
article on "the odd couple" in BO 742.  Now several
generations of hybrids. Also a probable muskXscaly hybrid
seen intermittently in the area since late 1997 (thought to
be such by 4 observers).

"Our" birds could be feral but I've heard of claims of there
being enough scattered records inland to suggest they
arrived "naturally" - whatever that means these days. 

Michael Norris
Bayside Friends of Native Wildlife
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