RE: Juvenile or hybrid.

To: "'Philip Veerman'" <>
Subject: RE: Juvenile or hybrid.
From: "Margaret Leggoe" <>
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2010 10:22:46 +1000

Thank you everyone.  In the excitement of the moment, I forgot to report on a raven behaving just like a chough.  It was really  doing a bit of gardening, turning over sheets of bark and the like looking for worms.


I have also noticed on Farrer Ridge many trees covered in pin-head-sized lerps.  A feast awaits the weebills.




From: Philip Veerman [
Sent: Tuesday, 31 August 2010 10:51 PM
To: 'Margaret Leggoe';
Subject: Juvenile or hybrid.


The one 100831, is no doubt an Eastern /Crimson Rosella hybrid, as you suggest. I don't know if it is an adult or a juvenile Eastern / Crimson Rosella hybrid. Note that in the Eastern Rosella, adults and juveniles are not very different in pattern, if the hybrid follows that (and from what I have seen they do), then it would be hard to age distinguish hybrids.


The other one looks to me like a normal immature Crimson Rosella now growing adult feathers.




-----Original Message-----
From: Margaret Leggoe [
Sent: Tuesday, 31 August 2010 6:38 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Juvenile or hybrid.

Dear COGs,


I attach two photographs of “crimson rosellas” showing the back and rump.  The one dated 100828 is certainly a juvenile crimson rosella.  But the one dated 100831, I am not so sure about.  Could it be an Eastern /crimson rosella hybrid.  On thing struck me when I first saw the bird in the 100831 photo was its fire-engine red, rather than the crimson of the crimson rosella.  Also, with the yellow below, my first thought was it was an Eastern rosella.


In order not to make this email too big, I will send another two shots of the same two birds attached to another email showing the breast and abdomen views.


Interested to hear other people’s views.  Does anyone have a good photo of a hybrid they would like to share with us?




Margaret Leggoe


PS:  100828 was shot on Callum Brae.  100831 was shot on Farrer Ridge.

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