Hybrid on Callum Brae??? [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]

To: "'Perkins, Harvey'" <>, "'Margaret Leggoe'" <>, <>
Subject: Hybrid on Callum Brae??? [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]
From: "Steve Read" <>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 18:26:41 +1100



The pair of corellas (one Little, one Long-billed) were at Callum Brae on Sun 08 Dec 2013 without any apparent accompanying offspring. See my attached email to the chatline on that date, plus Sandra Henderson’s reply noting that the pair has been seen there for several years.




From: Perkins, Harvey [
Sent: Tuesday, 1 April 2014 2:24 PM
To: 'Margaret Leggoe';
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Hybrid on Callum Brae??? [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]




There was a pair of corellas (one Little, one Long-billed) at/in a hollow in a Blakely’s Red Gum on 22 September last year at one of the sites that I survey regularly on Red Hill as part of COG’s Woodland Survey.


Prior to this, a Long-billed Corella had been recorded during these Red Hill surveys on:

17 Dec 2006

29 Mar 2008     with a flock of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos

27 Jun 2009     appeared to be a paired with a Little Corella as evidenced by allopreening.

4 Oct 2009     ousted a galah from the vicinity of a nest hole then occupied the entrance for the 10-minute duration of the survey.

13 Dec 2009


The Red Hill site is not that far from Callum Brae – may well be the same pair.







From: Margaret Leggoe [m("","m.leggoe7141");">]
Sent: Tuesday, 1 April 2014 1:31 PM
To: m("","canberrabirds");">
Subject: [canberrabirds] Hybrid on Callum Brae???


For some years now I have encountered, on and off, a corella pair, one long-billed and one little corella.  I always know them because long-bill has a metal ring on one leg.  There have been no reports of them breeding, but, if the little corella is the same one, the pair have been faithful for years.  One might call them Romeo and Juliet, albeit with greater longevity.

Today they turned up at nursery corner, and a third corella was with them, and obviously very close because at one stage little was grooming the third arrival.  Now, the new arrival looks a bit like a long-billed, but not quite, with less red wash about the face and neck.  Also, its crest is more like that of a little.

Attached is a photo (very small to comply with chatline rules) of the three.  I have other more detailed images, and if you let me know you are interested, I can send them to you privately.  They are really not of a high enough standard for me to want to put them on FlickR for everyone on the planet to see.

Margaret Leggoe

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To: "Steve Read" <>
Subject: Ravens at Callum Brae
From: "sandra henderson" <>
Date: Sun, 8 Dec 2013 16:32:05 +1100
There's been a long-billed/little pair at CB for some years -about 5 years ago I took an NZ visitor there and he took a photo of them, which I still have somewhere
Sandra h

On Sunday, December 8, 2013, Steve Read wrote:

A noisy and sunny morning at Callum Brae this morning – noisy from cicadas.  Few bush birds, and highlights mostly in the large birds, including:

-          One long-billed corella with the little corellas. The long-billed was perching close to, interacting with, and generally flying with, one particular little corella – behaving to me like a pair.  Good to see and compare the two species in a single field-of-view of the binoculars, and see the extra pink between eye and bill in the long-bill, the stronger pink chest-patch, and its ferocious, curved, long bill.

-          Excellent views of two peregrine falcons, seen separately but I think they were different birds.  The first was carrying a dead bird in its talons - a starling, or maybe something larger as it was flying heavily – and disappeared through the trees towards the north.  The second, seen 5 minutes later, also came from the south, slowly soaring and wheeling as it moved towards the north.

-          About 60 little ravens, in a loose flock, generally “mucking around”, including spending time in a number of trees a km or so SE of the main entrance.  When a pair of wedge-tailed eagles appeared, no fewer than six of the ravens took off to mob them. I am 90% sure of the identification – the birds were calling “Caw-caw-caw” and sometimes “Caw-caw-caw-caaaw”, but none of the calls ended with the classic Australian raven long dying gargle-note, and they had few or no throat hackles.  Many had pale eyes. Only issue was that the birds did not appear to flick their wings in the way little ravens can do when calling – does anyone know if there is a range of such behaviour in little ravens?



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