King Parrot food

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Subject: King Parrot food
From: "Barry McLean" <>
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2006 09:59:13 +1000
Hi all,

We have been on our Violet Town property for 4.5 yr now and have enjoyed occasional visits from King Parrots each year.

This year they arrived in early June and initially spent some time eating privet berries on the roadside for several weeks. They also chewed on eucalypt nuts and bark as they have done on previous visits.

Now they are spending considerable time in the house garden and have discovered that they really like geraniums which are (were) providing winter colour in several areas! They have systematically found and eaten many of these to ground level and Roberta is quite annoyed by this! They may have done so in previous visits but this was not noticed - there are more of them this year. It appears to me that they are eating the pith in the stems and discarding the rest.

Is it a common problem? Does anyone know of successful methods of deterring these beautiful birds. The ever-present Crimson Rosellas are also general garden vandals and we net our fruit trees so that we get some of the fruit.

Barry and Roberta McLean
PO Box 66, Violet Town, Vic 3669
03 57981213   0418584433


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