Imposter

 

Imposter

Imposter

 

I was caught out by an imposter in the park this week.

Parrot in a tree

Parrot in a tree

 

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.

 

 

 

Ringneck

Ringneck

 

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.

 

Indian Ringneck

Indian Ringneck

 

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.

 

 

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