Cockatiels in South Eastern Melbourne

To: "'Carol Probets'" <>, <>
Subject: Cockatiels in South Eastern Melbourne
From: "Steve Murray" <>
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2007 19:05:05 +1000
Re escapees....once about 30 years ago I came across a pair of Port Lincoln
Parrots in the Royal National Park in Sydney. These birds were inspecting
nesting hollows! I thought they must have been wild. But looking back on it
now I think they must have been escapees. When you think about it a bird
fancier loses birds usually by leaving a door open or having a hole it the
cage somewhere and all the occupants escape at once (It happened to me as a
kid...nowadays I prefer to look at free birds). Having said that, birds are
turning up in unusual places these days.
Steve Murray

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Carol Probets
Sent: Friday, 26 January 2007 9:19 AM
Subject: Cockatiels in South Eastern Melbourne

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 

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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