Budgies in the SW of WA?

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Subject: Budgies in the SW of WA?
From: Jonny Schoenjahn <>
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2016 10:55:10 +0000
Hi all

Budgies in the SW of WA – not the most pressing issue, I admit.

I agree with Frank that Purple-crowned Lorikeets are a possibility in the SW of 
WA, but I don’t think that one would easily confuse these “short-tailed, 
screaming bullets” with budgies. More likely to be confused with budgies in 
flight are, in my eyes, Elegant Parrots. Each summer I spend some time at 
Yallingup/Dunsborough, and I have seen small flocks of Elegant Parrots in that 
area during summer at various occasions. I wouldn’t put my money on Rock 
Parrot, although this species occurs in that area.

All this said, all of them have wings.

Happy New year to all!


Jonny Schoenjahn
Perth WA

On 6 Jan 2016, at 1:55 pm, Frank O'Connor <> wrote:

The most likely alternative are Purple-crowned Lorikeets that fly as a close 
flock. Budgerigars are irregular visitors to the SW. We had one on the 
Twitchathon in December 2013. That year there were quite a few down to the 
Great Eastern Highway and further south, but still well east of Perth. When 
they do visit the south west, they are usually reported in many places, as 
happened that year. In 2015 there were very few reports south of Cue. We had 
one on the campout at Charles Darwin Reserve (NE of Wubin which is well NE of 
Perth) in early June.

Frank O'Connor                          Birding WA
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