If you have ever seen Regent Parrots in flight, the very dark tail and wings
against the bright yellow gives very much a "Black and Gold" impression.
On Behalf Of Peter Shute
Sent: Tuesday, 8 June 2010 1:38 PM
Subject: Regent colours
Good theory, but it doesn't explain the naming of Regent Parrot very well.
> -----Original Message-----
> On Behalf Of Russ Lamb
> Sent: Tuesday, 8 June 2010 12:55 PM
> To: Peter Marsh; Stephen Ambrose; 'Shirley Cook'; 'birding-aus'
> Cc: 'BASNA'; 'Phil Mulhearn'
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Regent colours
> My understanding is that when an English monarch
> died and his/her successor was a child (ie a minor too young
> to rule in his/her own right), a regent was appointed (?by
> Parliament,?House of Lords) to make decisions usually made by
> a monarch. To distinguish the regent from all the other
> lords, nobles, hangers-on in the royal court he exclusively
> wore garments of black and gold. So the combination of those
> two colours created the association with the word "regent".
> Russ Lamb, Maleny,SEQ