Regent Parrot in Sydney

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Subject: Regent Parrot in Sydney
From: "Kurtis Lindsay" <>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2005 22:54:42 +1000
Hi all,
Three weeks ago from Saturday. I as sitting out  in my Backyard in Killara in the North Shore of Sydney enjoying the morning sunshine when I heard a peculiar call coming from a small flock of King Parrots perched in a Bluegum in the adjacent yard.
I looked to see what was making the noise and out of the tree flew a Beautifully coloured Male Regent Parrot with a full tail, it did not appear to be being harassed by the local Pied Currawongs,Noisy Miners etc. but was calling wildly.
I assumed he was an aviary escapee and didn't expect to see him again, thinking that if another bird doesn't get him a cat will.
I hadn't seen the bird for a while but often thought I heard him around every now and then,  until I was sitting out in the yard again on Saturday (4/5/05) morning and saw him fly over again, this time he was being chased by a pair of noisy Miners.
Over the day he was calling from many different locations around the neighbourhood and was seen flying over my yard again.
If this bird is an aviary escapee which is most likely, is it normal for one to survive in the wild for this long? if so what would it be feeding on in Sydney?
Does anyone know of possible Hybridisation with local parrot species?
Kurtis Lindsay
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