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36 to 39 cm
Adults and young birds look alike
Introduced to South-east Asia and escaped pets can be found virtually anywhere in the world.
There are 5 subspecies:
Open land, timbered watercourses, grassland, crops, bushes and scrub of all descriptions, including mangroves, native cypress, cliffs; urban and suburban areas. Always near water.
Highly gregarious and can form very large flocks.
A ground seed-eater.
Breeding pairs nest in large colonies, and several nests may be found in the same tree.
Very noisy. No song as such.
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Social calls and squawks
Recorded by Azzy Gladstone, South Australia. March 2010
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