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Superb Parrots invade Belconnen

By Xanthomyza 19 January 2006 22

A beautiful species of parrot called the Superb Parrot has ventured into Belconnen in numbers this summer.

The species breeds in woodlands on the south-west slopes and comes as far south as the Wallaroo Rd area north of Hall. It’s a threatened species (vulnerable in NSW and ACT).

Every December and January, after the young have fledged, small groups (up to about 30) of Superb Parrots come into the Mt Rogers area (Flynn and Fraser in north Belconnen) to feed on grass seeds.

This year there are loads of the birds much further in town. Last week there were 100+ in Macquarie. This week there are many birds around the Belconnen markets and between the DIMIA building and the Belconnen mall. There are lots of young birds being fed by parents.

Males are bright green with yellow throats and foreheads, and a scarlet crescent under the yellow throat. Females and young birds are duller green with no yellow or red markings. The birds have long slender tails and are slightly bigger than the Crimson Rosellas we normally see around town.

Here is a link to some photos of Superb Parrots, on the Canberra Ornithologists Groups photo gallery website.

Keep your eye out for these spectacular birds. They migrate north at the end of January.


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the beast stays east 1:28 pm 08 Dec 07

I live in west murrumbateman where we are privileged to witness great numbers of the endangered superb parrot on a daily basis. It’s core breeding areas are amongst the old trees that line dog trap road. a small but vocal group are still pushing for a western bypass of our town. Every independent study has come up with east, why do they continue to waste more taxpayer dollars on more studies that all say east?!! The beast stays east, let the west rest.

aardvark 10:55 am 23 Jan 06

Thanks X. I spent a lot of time there, a few mornings and evenings, and I have a new toy, a long lens, that I was able to use. But you can get reasonably close at times, maybe 4m away, and the lens did the rest.

And yes the hanging bird was pretty young – on Flickr where a few of these are posted, I titled this one “Perching 101 – FAIL!” She landed on the leaves instead of a branch and promptly swivelled over, hanging on for dear life. I took a series as she hung there, trying to work out what to do since obviously not confident enough of flying to let go and recover in flight. I’d like to post a link so you can see the others, but not sure how to do this with Flickr yet.

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