Rainbow Lorikeets and late night shopping

To: "Nevil Lazarus" <>
Subject: Rainbow Lorikeets and late night shopping
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 21:54:53 +1100
They do this in other places too. I noted the same in the main street of Goondiwindi a few years ago and I reckon others have noticed the same thing. It is probably warm and safe there, being well lit, if they are disturbed they can safely fly around and settle somewhere else, rather than flounder around in the dark. Why wouldn't they? It is not as if they are scared of sitting on people's heads. Currumbin made a name for this decades ago.
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From: Nevil Lazarus <>
To: 'Birding Aus' <>
Date: Thursday, 18 November 2004 21:26
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Rainbow Lorikeets and late night shopping

Chatswood is a very busy suburban shopping area on Sydney's North Shore.

This evening I witnessed thousands of Rainbow Lorikeets flying around and
flock after flock coming into the trees with loud screetching, and chirping.
All of this in amongst the coffee drinkers and shoppers who were totally
oblivious of the activity in the skies and the trees.

The same phenomenon occurs at Manly every evening.

My question is why do these birds choose their roosts in such built up
areas, artificially lit and heavily populated?

Nevil Lazarus
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