Pale-headed Rosellas in northern NSW

To: Greg <>
Subject: Pale-headed Rosellas in northern NSW
From: Alan McBride <>
Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2006 21:43:50 +1000
Hi Greg,

Pizzey, wrong? Don't believe it :-)

I have seen them at Burleigh Heads often ( twenty years ago when I was there a lot) and also in NSW along the coast but can't remember exactly where at the moment.

Alan Morris and I saw them near Inverell a few weeks ago and we saw them near the GHL last month. Alan and I were birding around Inverell and saw them there, no doubt Alan will have a grid reference? Seeing them twice on separate following trips to northern NSW makes me think they are more common in that area. Appreciate your response.



On 04 Jul 2006, at 21:36, Greg wrote:

Hi Alan,

The reference to Pale-headed Rosellas in Pizzey is a little misleading. The species does not occur on a regular basis south to Woolgoolga. The 3 or so records that I have of the species over nearly 30 years in the Grafton-Coutts Crossing area are likely to be of cage escapees. This view is supported by Morris,McGill and Holmes (1981). To see the species within its normal range you need to travel much further north towards the Queensland border to places such as Woodenbong and Grevillia or north-west to Moree. I don't know whether they venture south of the border at Tweed Heads but I haven't seen them there.



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