Musk Lorikeets

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Subject: Musk Lorikeets
From: Andy Burton <>
Date: Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:45:21 +1000

I’m intrigued by the rise in numbers of Musk Lorikeets in Sydney in the past 20 

In 1995 I noted an influx of Musk Ls into northern Sydney from late Summer to 
early Winter, after which they disappeared. I’d have to check my records but 
they almost certainly moved into areas south of the Harbour as well at that 
time. To the best of my knowledge this was the first time (since I started 
keeping records in 1978) that this occurred. The same pattern has repeated 
itself every year since 1995, making a change of status of this species as 
migratory into Sydney. My one caveat is that I believe there have always been 
one or two small and localised populations e.g.., at Cumberland SF where they 

In 2013, for the first time since their appearance in 1995, some of these 
Muskies remained in Sydney throughout the year and I strongly suspect that they 
will now become a species that is widespread, throughout Sydney and will be 
present throughout the year. Their numbers appeared to increase in late summer 
2014, coincident with their normal arrival for the cooler months. They have 
been present in my garden in Roseville for some months now.

I have my own theory for the change in abundance of this species throughout 
Sydney, and would be interested in any comments.

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