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Art
ID Bird

Please ID this parrot, I think it is a Red Wing Parrot but it has a long tail.

Woko
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Hi, Art. Where was this shot taken? It doesn't look like any Australian bird that I know, certainly not a Red-winged Parrot (with which I'm only familiar after checking my field guide). It looks like an escapee to me.

Art

Hi Woko

It was taken at Coffs Harbour NSW. I say it is an escapee too.

SteveM
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Red on the shoulder & big red bill, Alexandrine Parakeet, I think female, native to Asia. An escapee, looks like a leg band on the left leg.

Woko
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It's amazing how many bird owners allow their pets to escape into the wild. 

sue818
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Maybe parrots are very good at escaping? In a park in Kalgoorlie, I found an Indian Ringneck perched alongside wild Australian Ringnecks. I assume it had escaped from nearby.

Sue

Woko
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Lets  hope it didn't breed with an Australian Ringneck - if it could. This is always a potential problem with keeping caged birds. I've had African Peach-faced Lovebirds & a Java Sparrow which were almost certainly escapees. I don't want them at my place, thanks very much, & hope that if people must keep caged birds then they keep them caged! But if they love birds so much why not develop natural habitat for Australia's birds which need all the help they can get.

Art

I have no birds my self I just look at them in the backyard. I assume it escaped from somewhere close, it looks healthy so it must be finding feed.

Art

sue818
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Is there somewhere to report these sightings in hopes that these non-native birds can be captured and removed? I did think that the little zoo in Kalgoorlie might capture the bird I had seen as it may have come from there.

Sue

Woko
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Alas, unless exotic escapees are an immediate threat to the economy, particularly the agriculture sector, there are no official efforts to eradicate them. So it's up to people who place a high value on Australian birds to do the eradication.

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