Musk Lorikeets in Brisbane

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Subject: Musk Lorikeets in Brisbane
From: Syd Curtis <>
Date: Thu, 03 Jun 2010 11:02:01 +1000
Thank you, Chris.

        Almost for sure, we have had them in our garden here in Hawthorne,
an east Brisbane suburb.  A couple of weeks ago my wife, who claims no
knowledge at all of birds, commented on having seen a number of green
parrots with red on their heads.  Birds that she had not seen in our garden

I was mystified.  We get lots of rainbow lorikeets, and occasionally Crimson
Rosellas, Pale-headed Rosellas and (rarely) King Parrots.  But in the 50
years we have been living here, I have never seen Musk Lorikeets in our
garden.  And sadly, I still haven't; but Anne has, it seems.

So that small mystery is cleared up for me.  Thanks.



> From: Chris Sanderson <>
> Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2010 12:13:29 +1000
> To: "Birding-Aus (Forum)" <>
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Musk Lorikeets in Brisbane
> Hi all,
> I don't know how widely this has been disseminated yet, but this year is a
> bumper year for Musk Lorikeet records in Brisbane.  Already they've been
> seen on a dozen or more occasions from about 5 sites so far.  Normally Musk
> Lorikeets are a real rarity in suburban Brisbane, so this is pretty
> extraordinary.  I encourage Brisbane locals and anyone visiting to keep an
> eye out for Swift Parrots in the next few months too, as there has to be a
> real chance that what has brought the Muskies here will bring a few Swifties
> our way too!
> And if you do find some, let me know!
> Regards,
> Chris
> ps. let me know privately if you want more info on where the Musk Lorikeets
> have been seen so far.
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