Lorikeet roosting and city lights

To: "Stuart, Alan AD" <>
Subject: Lorikeet roosting and city lights
From: Chris Charles <>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2007 22:12:37 +1000
There is a similar roost to those described at the corner of Pacific Hwy, Miller St & Mount St at North Sydney. It used to be mostly common myna but now the mynas are heavily out-numbered by Rainbow Lorikeets. It is mainly used when the Plane Trees have lost their leaves & at last light, the pairs swoop in along the chasms of North Sydney & the noise of their excited socialising drowns out the traffic din. On a dreary winters after work evening it is wonderful to have the wild come to the city.
Chris Charles
Licole Pty Ltd
0412 911 184

On 28/03/2007, at 5:50 PM, Stuart, Alan AD wrote:

Here in Newcastle there is also a communal roost for rainbow lorikeets, in fig trees near a multi-story carpark and ovals, with lots of lighting on at night. Every night 500-1000 birds (I haven't done a proper count)
roost in just a handful of trees there - and lots of common mynas also
are roosting in the same set of trees.

So, at about midway between Brisbane and Melbourne, the behaviour seems
to be the same.



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