king parrots

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 09:31
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25 years here... crimson rosellas, yellow tailed black cockatoos, gang gangs, but never king parrots.

One turned up about three weeks ago. Sat on the back porch... and ate some grain we put out. His mate came the next day.

We put up a feeder. 30 are here today!

Strezleckis, mid Gippsland.
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Reply By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 09:43

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 09:43
They will get quite friendly if they stay Royce...Just be careful if they get to the point of hopping on your arm they can use there beaks as they walk along...Leaving like a ciggarette burn welt there...

My daughter come home from her grandmas property 300 acres east of Buln Buln near Warragul with all these terrible marks and of course when i saw i said whats going on Em..Oh dad she said the king parrots hav been walking up and down my arm,i thought bugger that..


Cheers
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 10:29

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 10:29
They have been walking on our hands & arms here for years, never a mark!
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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 10:35

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 10:35
It obviously depends on how tame they are !



Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Axle - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 10:17

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 10:17
Royce, over here on the central East Coast NSW they are still present, but mainly seem to get around in pairs. The male fully matured is a beautiful bird with that brilliant red collar. 30yrs ago in our area , there used to be a lot of peas grown on the local farms during winter, a week before harvest the king parrots would turn up by the hundreds and could destroy a crop within days. Unfortunateley back then there was no alternative other than get the shot guns out, Be hard to shoot one now i must say!!.


Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: Shaker - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 10:32

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 10:32
We live just over the other side of the highway at Tyers & have always had them here by the dozens.
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 10:39

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 10:39
Yep.. friends have them at Toongabbie, but they have never been here before.
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 11:12

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 11:12
Same here near Penrith- they come in every morning at breakfast- and hang around for a while- then a quick vist in the evening...

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Reply By: Rangiephil - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 13:32

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 13:32
Here at Avoca Beach Central coast NSW I have 6-10 that come every morning and afternoon.

Used to have Metro boy and Hussy who would sit on my hand and eat , but they have gone and the new ones are a bit less game.

But they are the biggest wooses in the world . They get bullied by every other bird including the Cuckoo Doves.

The "thugs" (lorikeets) drive them away every time, and I have to stand there with my super soaker to protect them.

I believe they are what are called "free range pets" as they go from house to house for handouts. Just like the Kookaburras.
Regards Philip A

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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 19:08

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 19:08
I grew up in 'Commission Flats' in Melbourne and had a budgie in a cage. Later I progressed to some finches and lovebirds.....

Finally getting out into the bush where I came from..... I loved the birds that live around me.

I have blue wrens perching on my hammock as I read on a summer's day.....

Recently I looked after a cockatiel for a friend. A nice bird, stuck in a cage.

Yep.... the free range pets are best.

Mind you we have a heap of chooks... do they count?
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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 16:18

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 16:18
When we are on the east coast, after being gone for months at a time, the bird telegraph gets going that we are back and sure enough next morning the birds will be waiting for some seed. There is a definite pecking order (no pun intended) - the lorikeet, then the pink and grey galahs and the top knot pigeon (really crested) and lastly if anything left the King parrots are allowed to have something. There is a pair who bring along one child each year.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 18:45

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 18:45
The only thing that will dislodge the King Parrots from our feeder, is the arrival of the Sulphur Crested Cockatoos.
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 18:53

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 18:53
Hmmm not only not a pun... an exact description and where the phrase comes from!

I forgot about our white cockies... sulpher crested...

At the moment. The king parrots are displacing the rosellas.
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