Crimson Rosella feeding Juvenile Eastern Rosella

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Subject: Crimson Rosella feeding Juvenile Eastern Rosella
From: Mark Clayton <>
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2020 19:45:18 +0000

There is only one thing wrong with Mr Veerman's comments, assuming he is referring to  the Eastern Rosella in Kym's excellent photo. The Eastern Rosella is an adult bird as told by the bone coloured mandibles, as is the Crimson Rosella. To me it looks very much like courtship feeding.


On 13/02/2020 8:30 pm, Philip Veerman wrote:

That is a really good observation and great that we have someone with camera skills to document it. We have regular records of hybrids, but as far as I know, even though both are abundant species, we have nothing to show how that situation arises, only guesses. Is this relevant? Maybe but I also see it as not a hybrid, but shows a rare interaction that is not aggressive. It suggests to me to be a result of maybe where Crimson Rosella parents took over a nest where Eastern Rosellas had recently laid eggs and raised the chick. The chick can then imprint on the wrong species which might later cause cross mating.




From: kym bradley [m("","goldnbits");">]
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Subject: [canberrabirds] Crimson Rosella feeding Juvenile Eastern Rosella


also, the bee-eaters are gathering they will be on the move shortly as they do this every season prior to moving on


Crimson Rosella feeding  Juvenile Eastern Rosella could be a hybrid but appears eastern


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