Rare (or weird) Rosella hybrid

Subject: Rare (or weird) Rosella hybrid
From: "Karen Bayly" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 17:50:55 GMT+1000
Hello Oz birdos

We have been observing a variety of parrots at Macquarie University as part of a project on bird vocalisations. We have a very peculiar visitor which looks like a hybrid between a Crimson Rosella and an Eastern Rosella. Forshaw & Cooper state that hybrids of these two species are rare. Nevertheless we often find ourselves staring at a bird with a crimson head, abdomen and vent, lilac cheek patches, yellow sides to the body (just showing under folded wings), and a back, tail and wing colouration that is very similar to that of an Eastern Rosella.

This bird is usually seen feeding alone and is quite aggressive toward Crimson Rosellas (interactions with Easterns not yet noted).

Has any one else ever seen a bird similar to this? Is it a hybrid, some weird colour variation of Eastern Rosella not commonly noted in the standard birding books or an avicultured colour variant?

Sylvia Halkin
c/- Karen Bayly
Karen L. Bayly
Ecology Lab
School of Biological Sciences
Phone: 61 2 9850-8191 or 61 2 9850-9441
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