Wild budgerigar flocks spotted near Bithramere
Monday, August 19, 2013 at 12:23
City Parrots in Melopsittacus undulatus - Budgerigar, Oddities

Flock of Wild budgerigars. Image by Jim Bendon The Tamworth Birdwatchers Club says it's noticed an increasing number of wild budgerigars around the region.

President Bob Faulkner says he's not sure why so many budgerigars have been sighted this far inland.

He says recently a flock of around 200 were sighted at Bithramere, about 20km west of Tamworth.

Mr Faulkner says they're normally more common further inland.

"They're mostly a dry interior bird from western NSW and inland Australia," he said.

"They're not normally around this type of country here, so they've moved east quite a bit."

Club members take part in bird walks three times a month.

Bib Faulkner says he's hoping to solve the mystery.

"Some birds come from the coast from time to time, moving inland a little bit, some are moving east from the inland and it's a phenomenon you'll get from time to time," he said.

"There's been lots of theories about it, but I don't think it's been any dryer [this year] than in the past."

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