Yellow birds

To: Carol Probets <>
Subject: Yellow birds
From: Merrilyn Serong <>
Date: Fri, 10 May 2002 01:21:11 +1000
Hi Carol
At the You Yangs (~60 km sw of Melbourne) in February this year a very unusually
coloured Superb Fairy-wren was seen by a few BA VicGroup members on our
boneseeding day.  It wasn't yellow though -- more of an apricot-beige perhaps.
It really stood out from the others.

Carol Probets wrote:

> 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
> brown."
> Sounds beautiful. Has anyone else heard of a yellow mutation in fairy-wrens?
> cheers
> Carol

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