Long-tailed parrot in Geelong (prob esc)

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Subject: Long-tailed parrot in Geelong (prob esc)
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2006 13:54:40 +1000
Hi all

On the way to work yesterday morning I was waiting at a red light and watched a mixed flock of Galahs and Rainbow Lorikeets flying past. The flock wheeled a couple of times and split into a couple of groups - more or less a group of each species, though I think a few Galahs stayed with the lorikeets. Then I noticed a long-tailed bird flying with them - and possibly being pursued by the lorikeets. At first I thought it was a cockatiel (I see an escaped one every few months around here) but it was clearly much bigger than the lorikeets, a little thicker-bodied and longer. The long tail was very noticeable, but the only colour I could pick out was pale green. I couldn't relocate the birds before the lights changed.

A Princess Parrot turned up at my school last year, and was reunited with its grateful owner. The bird I saw yesterday appeared longer - any ideas what it might be? It was in Newtown, near central Geelong.

Russell Woodford

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