Parrots in Flight. Who's Fastest?

To: "'Donald G. Kimball'" <>
Subject: Parrots in Flight. Who's Fastest?
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2016 06:58:41 +0000
A funny question. It is hard to imagine how many people have ever observed
live wild Princess Parrots. Maybe only 10 to 100 people (?) although they
are common in aviaries where maybe though don't reach full speed. I doubt
any bird can do "500m in about 4 seconds". That is about 280 m/h and
somewhat difficult for a car to follow!

What about the Swift Parrot, it is said to fly very fast. I have seen some
of them but not enough to get any useful impression.


-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Donald G. Kimball
Sent: Wednesday, 24 February 2016 3:07 PM
To: birding-aus
Subject: Parrots in Flight. Who's Fastest?

Okay forgive me if I return to being a 10 year old boy and wanting to know
a question like this one but having spent so much time watching and filming
parrots I can't help but wonder.  Okay here are my impressions.  It seems
like Rainbow Lorikeets are crazy fast.  But having said that, I watched 2
Princess near Jupiter Well in 2008 that flew about 500m in about 4 seconds
to a nearby She-Oak.  Which begs the question also.  Are Princess faster
than other parrots? An internet acquaintance swore his free-flying pet
Princess was the fastest parrot in all of Aus.  I guess the only way we
might know is if folks on here have noticed parrot species flying parrallel
with their cars and took note of the speed.

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