fig trees/parrots

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Subject: fig trees/parrots
From: "michael hunter" <>
Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2007 17:07:03 +1100
Hi All,
          Does anyone out there know of any cauliflorous fig species native
to the Border Ranges, or an address I might contact to find out.
           No prizes for guessing why. We've seen amazingly cryptic Fig
Parrots feeding on cauliferous fig tree trunks in Cape York (marshalli) and
PNG,(?) both times as walked past a few metres away. Although looking hard
for Fig Parrots, we would have missed them had they not been pointed out..
The parrots weren't much bigger than the figs, were barely moving, and in
the rainforest gloom were easy to overlook.
           They (macleayana) are relatively easy to spot around Atherton in
more conventionally fruiting figs, but only when their calls give them away.
Otherwise almost impossible to locate.
           Coxens are out there, maybe on cauliflorous fig trees if they
exist in the border area

           (Cauliflorous figs have fruit growing on their trunks)



Michael Hunter
Mulgoa Valley
50km west of Sydney Harbour Bridge


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