Yellow birds

Subject: Yellow birds
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Thu, 9 May 2002 16:08:06 +1100
I am currently looking at an adult Crimson Rosella in a tree across the
road, which has bright yellow feathers around the back of its head,
extending from behind the eye to the crown and nape. In the past I have
been aware of King Parrots with unusual patches of yellow plumage, but
never before with the Crimson Rosella. I guess it's not so unlikely, given
the bird's relatedness with the Yellow Rosella.

More surprisingly though, I have recently been corresponding with a
Springwood birdwatcher who is sometimes visited by a "golden" Superb
Fairy-wren. Apparently it moves around amongst a group of normal Superbs,
but in her words:
"The body is a clear pale apricot yellow colour and the top of the head and
wings are darker - a light yellow-brown. The beak and legs are also light

Sounds beautiful. Has anyone else heard of a yellow mutation in fairy-wrens?



Carol Probets
Blue Mountains NSW

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