To: 'Terry Munro' <>, 'COG Chatline' <>
Subject: Rosellas
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2016 07:28:34 +0000

We don’t know how often this pairing happens or why. But there certainly are a regular scattering over time and place of hybrids between the two species around Canberra with many comments about it (including me) and various photos (not me) posted to this email list over time. Whether it is due to accidental matings or whether the two species form stable pairs is unclear. I don’t think there has been a documented complete case.... So it certainly does happen in the wild.




From: Terry Munro [
Sent: Wednesday, 13 January 2016 5:52 PM
To: COG Chatline
Subject: [canberrabirds] Rosellas


Over the past month a pair of rosellas have been visiting my bird bath here in Watson. The female is an Eastern & presumably the male is a Crimson. Initially I thought it may have been a random  association but it is now quite regular. This sort of pairing may happen in an aviary so one wonders why it happens in the wild.

Terry Munro

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