Re: Swift Parrot penrith nsw

To: Timothy Hyde <>
Subject: Re: Swift Parrot penrith nsw
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2003 09:48:22 +1000

Hi Tim,
Thanks for letting me know about the injured swiftie - any ideas on why it was on the ground?  I would suggest that it had collided with something and the noisy miners attacked it once it was injured.  Any thoughts?  Glad to hear that it is doing ok.  One thing that we have to keep an eye out for with injured swift parrots is broken chest bones since they often damage this bone when they collide with things at high speed as well as getting concussion.  Apparently one symptom of this is that the wings aren't held correctly.
I would highly recommend taking the bird back to the area where it was found rather than letting it go in the blue mountains since the likelihood of other birds being around and suitable foraging resources is much greater.  It would be interesting to find out if it calls when it is released and if any other birds fly in.  Do you know if it is a female, male or immature?  Males tend to be brighter overall, with females having the same colouring but a bit paler, in particular the red under the tail.  Immatures and some females are have duller plumage, however immatures also have a dark iris.  It might be a good idea for the carer to take some photos of it if they are unsure.  The recovery team has been collecting data on swift parrot injuries and it would interesting to know this sort of information.
Cheers Deb

Debbie Saunders
Swift Parrot Recovery Officer
National Swift Parrot Recovery Team
PO Box 2115 Queanbeyan NSW 2620
Ph: (02) 6298 9733  Freecall: 1800 66 57 66 Fax: (02) 6299 4281

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Timothy Hyde <>

16/06/03 07:13

        Subject:        Swift Parrot    penrith nsw

I think you may have already been informed
but just in case you hav'nt
A swift Parrot was picked up in Penrith NSW on friday
and brought into the Blue Mountains WIRES system.

It looked like it was suffering concussion
and a bit of attack damage from noisy miners
It has made a speedy recovery.
The carers are hoping to release it tomorrow (monday)
but wish there were some others around

let me know if you need more info

timothy hyde

Achieving the Impossible
PO Box 19
Hazelbrook   NSW   2779

PH     02 4758 8961

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