Rainbow Lorikeets and late night shopping

To: "'Birding Aus'" <>
Subject: Rainbow Lorikeets and late night shopping
From: Jack Shapiro <>
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 09:27:53 +1100
On 18/11/2004, at 9:25 PM, Nevil Lazarus wrote:

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


This is an interesting observation, but it is a still more pleasant phenomenon than what I regularly see at Neutral Bay, a northern Sydney Suburb.

At Woolworth's outdoors parking area, behind Waters Rd, at dusk, tens of Indian Mynahs gather and roost on half a dozen plane trees. Pity about the cars parked below these trees, which are left with memorable mementos. I am surprised that the local council hasn't been moved to take action.

These mynahs are resident in this heavily used parking area during the day, walking under cars, scavenging for food.

Jack Shapiro

Birding-Aus is now on the Web at
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message 'unsubscribe
birding-aus' (no quotes, no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU