The King Parrot takeover

johnboy 20 June 2012 7
king parrots

I like King Parrots. Especially the fighter plane like neon green stripes on their wings.

I can remember when I was 18 and saw one for the first time at the Coast.

Which is why their increasing numbers in Canberra are a welcome surprise.

Wikipedia has Canberra in their winter range but I never remember seeing them in these kind of numbers before.

Anyone got a theory?

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7 Responses to The King Parrot takeover
Merle Merle 5:59 pm 20 Jun 12

I think maybe you’ve been looking in the wrong parts of Canberra. King Parrots and topknot pigeons have both been pretty common around Weston Creek, at least for the last twenty years.

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 4:49 pm 20 Jun 12

Beautiful plumage…

Watson Watson 2:23 pm 20 Jun 12

I remember seeing fairly big flocks of them in Canberra before but years and years ago. After that I only saw them occasionally and only in pairs or small groups.

They really do look rather royal, don’t they?

NoAddedMSG NoAddedMSG 1:17 pm 20 Jun 12

There are a few large groups in Campbell at the moment at well. Rosellas do the same thing too – mostly hang out in pairs for much of the year, but get together in bigger flocks around this time. I wonder if they are hanging out in sizable groups so that last season’s babies can find a mate?

I like to imagine the parents are in there, doing deals to arrange the marriage of their teenage child, offering up things like the secret location of the best snack tree in the city in order to secure a good match for their offspring.

Thumper Thumper 12:55 pm 20 Jun 12

Tons of them in the back streets of Braddon.

At a guess they can’t find food in their normal foraging grounds so, like white cockatoos, they flock into the city.

poetix poetix 12:49 pm 20 Jun 12

They like skiing and they know something we don’t?

amarooresident3 amarooresident3 12:40 pm 20 Jun 12

At a guess I’d say relatively mild winter (this morning excepted) plus plenty of rain equals lots of food.

I think Top Knot pigeons are also a relatively new arrival. Apparently they never used to live in Canberra but were forced in by the drought, liked it and have never left.

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