Hybrid Rosella & Magpie Longevity [SEC=PERSONAL]

Subject: Hybrid Rosella & Magpie Longevity [SEC=PERSONAL]
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2008 15:11:57 +1000
1.  A hybrid crimson / eastern rosella has been hanging about my place in
Emu Ridge, Belconnen for the past few months.  Formerly it was accompanied
by a bird with standard juvenile crimson rosella plumage, but I haven't
seen this bird for a while.  The hybrid bird looks like an eastern rosella
but it has a lot of red underneath.  The cheeks are pale blue like the
Queensland pale-headed rosella.  Voice is same as crimson rosella (when it
provides back up vocals to my electric guitar playing!).

2.  For the past eleven years the same pair of magpies has occupied the
same territory in the vicinity of my place.  Is anybody interested in
magpie longevity?  I am relocating interstate in a few weeks but it would
be interesting to monitor these birds to see how long they remain there.  I
will certainly be checking on them if I come back to this part of the


Peter Holbery

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