I was caught out by an imposter in the park this week.
I saw a parrot in the park when I was walking the dog. It wasn’t an Australian ringneck, but it was about the same size and shape. I managed to get a picture of it in the tree on my phone as you can see. If I zoom in close, I can just about see the galahs who were keeping him company. It wasn’t a bird that I’d seen before in Oz though.
So I went and got a camera, and took this. Then I went home, zoomed in, and got out my bird book. Not a lorikeet, not an Australian ringneck, but definitely a parrot. After much searching, I caved in and e-mailed John at Birdlife Australia for help with an I.D.
Then a friend suggested looking up an Indian ringneck. Mystery solved. Definitely an Indian ringneck. But my googling also brought back an ad for a lost pet – an Indian ringneck from the next suburb along who had escaped a few weeks ago. I phoned the owners to let them know, but I’m not sure how they’ll catch him. He seems very happy though. I’ve seen him a couple of times since, still in the company of the galahs, and still eating from the same trees.