Cockatiels in South Eastern Melbourne

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Subject: Cockatiels in South Eastern Melbourne
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2007 10:18:52 +1100
Peter & Betty Baitz commented that they thought it unlikely that Cockatiels would be escapees because they were a pair. I cannot comment on that particular sighting but wanted to share the following story.

About 2 or 3 years ago there was a small flock of Red-rumped Parrots suddenly turned up in Sun Valley (in the lower Blue Mountains, west of Sydney) and they kept being seen in that area for a year or so. They're not normally found at that location although they are normally seen in parts of western Sydney and just west of the mountains, not so far away, so I assumed that these were birds driven into a new area by the drought. As they were a flock, no-one considered they might be escapees, and they certainly looked like wild birds. I even mentioned this as an example of bird movements in the drought during a talk I gave to the Blue Mtns Conservation Society. However some months after they were first seen, one of our local bird observers who lives in that area was speaking to a neighbour who keeps birds. That neighbour happened to mention that he had released all his Red-rumped Parrots a few months earlier as they were breeding too quickly!

I guess it shows we can never assume that birds aren't escapees/releasees, and I suspect that more sightings are due to this than we realise.



Carol Probets
Guided birding in the Blue Mountains & Capertee Valley
PO Box 330
Katoomba NSW 2780


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