Scarlet-chested Parrots, NT

September 5, 2010 — September 15, 2010

UPDATE - birds seen again on the morning of the 15th September. See centre pin in map above. 
Further information on this recent sighting soon.

Parrots were seen at a few locations around the region. Three brief sightings were along the publicly-accessible main central road, when birds flew from side of the road as we passed driving from west to east. We passed through this area quite quickly and didn't stop to look hard but there were various places with good potential (see road between pins on above map).  In this area we observed them flying up from the roadside while driving east in the later afternoon. There are many patches of suitable habitat that we did not search along the route.

Note, conditions were considerably drier than further east and the birding was unexceptional except for Scarlet-chested Parrot and Little Woodswallow. The best habitat appears to be the margins of regenerating stunted mallee estimated 4-5 yr. since fire, associated with some scattered mulga and occasional desert oak stags adjacent to hakea/grevillea heathland.

Only male birds were seen. Not sure if they are passing through or females away sitting.   At this time of year they seemed to be most visible from 0730 to 0930 and from 1600 to 1730 mostly feeding on ground and flying away when disturbed by the vehicle.

Many thanks to Ian May for providing such useful directions and habitat information.

NOTE - THIS IS A WELL-DRIVEN ROUTE. YOU WILL NEED A TRANSIT PERMIT, AVAILABLE FROM YULARA INFORMATION CENTRE.
 Western end of main area SCPs were seen  Eastern end of main area wher SCPs were seen  Latest sightings of SCP
Latest update from James Watson who recently saw Scarlet-chested Parrots on the road where Ian May first recorded his. The habitat was burnt mulga and mallee and there was 5 birds in all.  The docker river road permit is very easy to get at Yulara visitor's centre.

Thanks James! Read more.
 Scarlet-chested Parrot update
We (Rob Morris, Pete Milburn, Alan McBride, Simon Mustoe) found the Scarlet-chested Parrots only 130m from the location that James Watson reported them a week earlier. They were in the newly-burnt area just south of the road.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE!
Read more.

Wildlife

Land Birds 1 species
Scarlet-chested Parrot (Neophema splendida) 1 Numerous birds seen along roadside.

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