Blue Parrot

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annabelle.johnstone
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Blue Parrot

We have a parrot eating apples off our trees that I have never seen before and can't seem to identify from any of my bird books. It hangs out with a couple of rainbow lorrikeets and is of a similar size and also has a red beak. However, the whole bird is blue - no other markings at all.

Does anyone know what it is??

Woko
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No idea at all, Annabelle. It might be an escapee which is always a potential problem when keeping exotic birds in cages.

I'm interested in those apples the bird are eating. When I lived in Adelaide our apple tree had codling moth. The Adelaide Rosellas mostly ate the apples with larvae in them, leaving the good ones for us. Most considerate of them. Is this blue parrot doing for you what the Adelaide Rosellas did for Ms Woko & me?

annabelle.johnstone
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Haha ... my son reckons it's the bastard love child of the two Rainbow Lorikeets it hangs out with!!!

We had a lovely crop of apples this year (we have mostly eradicated the codling moth) until the heatwave. Five days of 40 degree + temperatures baked all our apples, so now the birds and my horse are doing very nicely!!

sparrow
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Its a blue mutation of the Indian Ringneck

annabelle.johnstone
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Lovely! Thanks for your help!

So presumably it is an "escapee"???

BabyBirdwatcher
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If this is an indian ringneck then yes it would be an escapee however my only other suggestion would be a blue quaker parrot also an escapee

zosterops
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Try catching it and contacting a local petshop/aviculturalist. 

It probably won't survive long in the wild (they are domesticated). 

annabelle.johnstone
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Don't like my chances of catching it unless it gets caught again in the bird netting on my apple trees (somehow, they find a way in !!!)

I am going to ask at my local feed supplier as a lot of people who keep birds get their feed from him.

I'll post again if I find out more!!!

sparrow
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Its a Ringneck I bred a lot of these parrots for the pet trade ,they have a habit of hooking up with Rainbows there very similar in behaviour and seem to get along with them even in very large groups people are used to seeing the green ones but the blue are still pretty common in aviaries and as hand reared pets

annabelle.johnstone
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Thanks everybody for your help! I'll keep you posted if I see her (?? can't see a ring around her neck, so I'm guessing it's a "her") again

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