> Jan England wrote:
> > What do you call a sulphur-crested cockatoo crossed with a galah?
> > A cocklah of course (my interpretation)!
> I beg your pardon, but I thought that two species couldn't interbreed,
> and that if they DID manage, that the offspring would be infertile?
Hybrids between some species of cockatoo are not unknown in the
wild, and are also found in aviculture. These almost all are
between the "white" cockatoos, I know of no records of hybrids
between the black Cockatoos, apart from the subspecies of
There are records of the Gang Gang hybridising with both Galahs
and Corellas, with a record of a Gang Gang hen (wild) and a
Little Corella (escaped) producing a hybrid in the Blue
Galahs have been reported as producing hybrids with the Gang
Gang, Sulphur Crested, Major Mitchell, Little Corella and
Long-billed Corella. Some of these are aviary records only but
Forshaw records wild hybrids with Majors and Little Corellas.
Cockatiels have been reported as hybridising with Red-rumps and
Blue-winged parrots, while perhaps the most unlikely hybrid is a
Princess parrot with an Indian Ringneck!
Most of these hybrids are fortunately infertile, however I
believe the Galah/Major cross can be fertile. Most inter-species
crosses are infertile, for instance the
Turquoisine/Scarlet-chested Parrot hybrid is always infertile,
however the Scaly-breasted/Rainbow Lorikeet hybrid is always
Intentional breeding of hybrids in Queensland, and I think all
other states, is illegal, so that lady on the Tablelands breeding
Sulphur/Galah hybrids had better be careful.