birding-aus unusual rosella

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Subject: birding-aus unusual rosella
From: "Terrance Pacey" <>
Date: Sun, 5 Dec 1999 20:30:53 +1000
Help please.

Today I saw an unusual coloured rosella.  It was in the Lockyer Valley about
70 km west of Brisbane.  The habitat was typical Pale-headed Rosella and
many had been seen during the morning.  A pair of rosellas flew from a hole
in a tree.  They were only seen in flying fast between the trees and
directly in the sun.  It was assumed that they were Pale-headeds as that is
the only species in the area.  Another bird emerged from the hollow and sat
quietly on a branch.  It was obviously immature.  However ....

This bird was a bright golden-yellow over the face, chest, belly, back and
shoulders with pale grey markings.  The areas of wings and tail that are
usually blue and/or green were brown and there was a black triangular patch
beneath the chin.  No red or blue was visible.  I know that there have been
breeders living within a reasonable distance of the area and feel that it
could be the result of breeding between an escapee of some sort (Yellow
Rosella?) and a wild bird but even that should not normally result in the
poor mixed up bird I saw.

Has anyone any ideas?

Terry Pacey
Toowoomba Qld

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