Late breeding for King Parrots and other species???

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Subject: Late breeding for King Parrots and other species???
From: "Val Curtis" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 23:43:29 +1100
Yesterday (12th March) I had a very juvenile King Parrot calling and begging for food around my house. Another instance of the same species at the same very dependant, begging stage, but presumably a different bird about two weeks ago. Hanzab indictes that breeding and fledging is over by mid February.

About a week ago I had a juvenile Brown-headed Honeyeater and a juvenile
Black-naped Honeyeater at my bird bath at the same time; (both of these
species are unusual visitors to my water source though they are reasonably
common in the area).

I have also had very young Crimson Rosellas around the place very recently but cannot put a date on this; probably around 6th March.

The Eastern Spinebill shows signs of nesting again but I cannot be sure.

The local gum trees (mostly Mountain Grey Gums, Brown Stringy, Messmates and
Small-leaved Peppermints) have been heavily in flower this year and I have
had a new record for the area of Little Lorikeet.

I have little knowledge the ecology of our local gumtrees but seemed to have gleaned some idea from somewhere that trees put out a lot of flowers in years of stress. I would have to say that this area is indeed under stress with much of the understorey succumbing to the dry conditions and many of the taller mid-storey looking very sick, but the gums have flowered constantly over the past four or five weeks approximately.

Are these ? late breeding records because of the prolifericlly flowering

Have other areas recorded unusually late breeding records?



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