Scaly-breasted Lorikeets in Melbourne

To: Daniel Gilmore <>
Subject: Scaly-breasted Lorikeets in Melbourne
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2004 17:51:50 +1100
Hi Daniel and all

Scalys are breeding residents at Ricketts Point, Beaumaris with the highest 
count being 9: I reckon your count of 15 was very high for Melbourne.

They have bred for at least 27 years with records of one paired with a Little 
Lorikeet in 1976. Subsequently there has been lots of hybridization with 
Rainbow Lorikeets. 

I've seen Scalys recently around Frankston and have been told they are recent 
arrivals.  However the only Victorian location for the species in Roy Wheeler's 
'The Birds of Victoria and Where to Find Them' (1979) was the Mornington 
Peninsula (where they were described as 'accidental').

Some people have said there are occasional sightings in eastern Vic. and argued 
that it is possible the Melbourne birds are not a result of formerly captive 
birds.  Don't know how you could refute that but there are plenty in cages !

Michael Norris
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