RFI Night Parrot

To: brian fleming <>
Subject: RFI Night Parrot
From: Trevor Hampel <>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 11:16:56 +1030

Anthea Fleming wrote:

I believe one problem in discussing them with bush people is that Bourke Parrots are often mis-named 'Night Parrot', because though diurnal they come to water when it's very late in the evening and almost dark.

Pizzey gives "Night Parrot" as one of the other names for Bourke's Parrot, which just adds to the confusion in the minds of inexperienced observers.

As for Bourke's Parrots, they are diurnal but can be very active at night as well. I know several people who keep them in aviaries and they a very active and noisy at all hours of the night.

Again, Pizzey says of the Bourke's Parrots: "At dusk, dawn, and in total darkness, flocks fly fast through scrub to water."

All rather confusing really.

Trevor Hampel
Murray Bridge
South Australia

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