Parrot ID- possible escaped pet?

To: "John Graff" <>
Subject: Parrot ID- possible escaped pet?
From: "Belinda Cassidy" <>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 05:23:34 +1000
Many thanks for the ID on the Alexandrine Parrot, Greg and Damien, and to
all of you who helped lead me in the right direction. We were blown away by
its striking appearance, especially the long tail and large red beak; its a
pity they could be regarded as pests. We've never seen anything like it

Strangely, yesterday afternoon I was looking for `lost pet' notices I found
one for a lost male Indian Ringneck Parrot, that escaped from our suburb
only this week. The owners live within 500 meters of our house, and I was so
sure it must their lost pet and I called them right away.

But when I showed  them the photos, they said their lost pet was pretty much
identical except for the red on the shoulders (now that I know the
Alexandrine is a different variation, it makes sense).

What are the odds of there being an escaped Indian ringneck and an escaped
Alexandrine parrot in the same area  at the same time?  Perhaps the
Alexandrine is a wild feral female, who told to the Male Indian Ringneck to
escape and run away with her?  Or maybe theres a colony nearby?

On Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 8:18 PM, John Graff <> wrote:

> I bow to your superior knowledge on that one. That'll teach me for getting
> out of my depth, I'll stick to trying to identify Aussie birds for now ;)
> Sorry for confusing the issue
> Is the Alexandrine as much of a problem as a potential invasive species as
> the Indian Ringneck is?
> Cheers
> John
> > From: 
> > To: ; ;
> > Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Parrot ID- possible escaped pet?
> > Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2008 18:46:49 +1000
> >
> > Hi John,
> >
> > The maroon shoulder patch rules out Ring-necked in favour of
> Alexandrine.
> >
> > Regards
> >
> > Greg Clancy
> >
> >

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