Re: RFI: Lorikeet hybrids

Subject: Re: RFI: Lorikeet hybrids
From: Shane Raidal <>
Date: Wed, 05 Nov 1997 11:09:22 +0800
At 12:28 PM 11/5/97 +1100, you wrote:
>Are there records of hybrid scaly-breastedXmusk lorikeets ? 

I am sorry to say it but such hybrids are not uncommon in aviculture.
However, Musk X Scaleys usually lack the red cheek patch altogether as
well as the blue patch over the eye and crown.  The red front is retained
and the green body contour feathers are flecked with the typical yellow
"scales"  of  T chlorolepidotus.

>Today I saw a lorikeet in a Coast Banksia in the company of a Rainbow
>Lorikeet at Ricketts Point, Beaumaris, S-E Melbourne.
>About same size as a musk, reddish areas from frons to eye and on ear
>coverts like a musk but with a strong orange tinge, crown green (not
>blue), nape yellow/green (not bronze), some yellow flecks in green head
>feathers, upper half of underparts like scaly-breasted lorikeet.

The other option is that the bird had psittacine circovirus disease.  In
green birds the virus damages the "blue structure" of the feathers so that
light is no longer refracted and thus the colour is reduced to that of
yellow pigment only... The following URL has a bit more info on this disease.

Shane Raidal  BVSc PhD MACVSc 
Lecturer in Veterinary Pathology
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Murdoch University               phone:  +61  8  9360 2418
Perth,WA, 6150                           fax:  +61  8  9310 4144  

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