Melbourne cockatiel

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Subject: Melbourne cockatiel
From: "Bill Stent" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2007 20:22:13 +1100
On the (rather sweaty) ride home along the Yarra tonight I spotted a cockatiel 
at the new Melbourne Girls College boat ramp between Hawthorn bridge and the 
railway bridge in Burnley.  Unlike a cockatiel I found a little further 
upstream, this was a complete wild-type female (the previous one was yellow).

While a cockatiel would be a tick for me (sad, isn't it?), I'm inclined to 
guess it's an aviary escape, although I was not able to approach the bird 
without it getting obviously nervous.  However, with the drought, who knows?

Has anyone else seen cockatiels in Melbourne of late?


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