Double-eyed Fig-parrots

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Subject: Double-eyed Fig-parrots
From: "Lisa Tanner" <>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2008 07:20:23 +1000
Double-eyed Fig-parrots are actually very common in Cairns. But it may seem 
like they are impossible to film due to their speed.

The good news is that once they stop to feed they can be remarkably tame and 
easy to film. The obvious trick is to find a fruiting fig tree. As fruits come 
and go this situation is constantly changing so there is no reliable location.

I have seen them feeding a few meters away in the large Benjamina Figs in the 
park in front of the Pier Marketplace and also feeding on small Sandpaper Figs 
beside the rest hut at the top of the Red Arrow walk beside the Botanical 
Gardens. A few weeks ago there were about 12 feeding in the Benjamina beside 
our deck in Gordonvale but this has now stopped fruiting.

When they stop to feed they are particulary hard to spot and look exactly like 
leaves. Listen out for a clicking noise.

Unfortunately I can't give you the location of a particular tree. So in actual 
fact I am no help at all. Your best bet is to walk around the Centenary Lakes 
and Botanical Gardens looking for figs.

To have a look at one feeding on the Sandpaper Figs beside the Red Arrow rest 
hut please click on:

Good luck!



Lisa Tanner & Dominic Chaplin
PO Box 208
Bungalow QLD 4870
Tel 0419 028 077 Fax 07 4051 4896

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