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Red-collared Lorikeet in Sydney Royal Botanical Garden

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Old Monday 21st January 2019, 01:34   #1
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Red-collared Lorikeet in Sydney Royal Botanical Garden

I have photographic evidence of what I am quite sure is a Red-collared Lorikeet at the Sydney Royal Botanical Garden. It was hanging with a small group of Rainbow Lorikeets.

Am I correct in assuming that this is a single escaped housepet? My field guide for Australia does not show these lorikeets occuring naturally anywhere near Sydney, and I know lorikeets are kept as pets.

Alternatively, is there an established feral population of these lorikeets in Sydney?
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Old Monday 21st January 2019, 01:37   #2
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Excuse me! Everything in the post/title should say Red-collared Lorikeet, not Red-shouldered!
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Can you share the picture please UtahnBirder?
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Sure thing! I uploaded them to an imgur album: https://imgur.com/a/HATd13N
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I've changed the title for you.
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I'd expect it to be an escapee hanging around with the local Rainbows
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I'd expect it to be an escapee hanging around with the local Rainbows
Have to agree with John.
The Red Collared variety seem to be more prominent in the captive bird trade than the standard rainbow. I'm not a keeper of birds myself however.

The rainbows are quite common where I live, if you notice my avatar it's a photo I took some years ago of a rainbow collecting nectar from a banksia in my garden.
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