OBP at Maroubra

Subject: OBP at Maroubra
From: Jon Starks <>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2003 14:14:25 +1000
It's great news that the Orange-bellied Parrot is still at Maroubra. The bands tell us that this bird was banded as a nestling at Melaleuca in January this year, and that it is a wild bird, not one of the captive-bred released birds. The blue band on the right leg will have a large silver letter on it which allows individual identification. The bands are anodized aluminium and the letter, a capital letter, is stamped into the metal of the band. The left leg is a year colour, telling us that the bird fledged in 2003 (black for this year). As an example, a juvenile female, black left, blue Z right has been seen a number of times in the last few weeks at the Werribee Sewage Farm. It is very important that birders try to read the letter on the band as this will determine which individual it is, and we could then determine if this bird successfully returns to Tas. to breed and whether it turns up at other sites this year or in the future. Could anyone who searches for the bird take a scope and please try to read the letter on the blue band.
Jonathan Starks
Winter Co-ordinator
Orange-bellied Parrot Recovery Program
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