Re: birding-aus Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo mutation

To: Marc Anderson <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo mutation
From: HARRIS & WESTRUP John & Jude <>
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 1999 10:40:45 +1000

Marc Anderson wrote:
> birding-aus
>  On the 18/2/99 on the road to Maryborough(off rd to Tin Can Bay &
> Rainbow Beach, SE QLD)I witnessed several small flocks of Yellow-tailed
> Black Cockatoos feeding on the local pine plantations.As a flock of
> approx. 12 birds flew across the road in front of me, I noticed one of
> the birds partly, if not predominately had it's plumage mottled with
> yellow feathers.The bird was only in view for a few seconds & could not
> be located afterwards.
>  I am familiar with genetic mutations like this in aviculture, such as
> 'pieds', although pieds usually exhibit abnormal white feathers.Has
> anyone else seen something similar in the field?


When i lived in Ballarat, there was several reports of a yellow YTBC
flying with a flock of "normals" around the pine plantations on the
outskirts of the city.

I could get you more details if you want them from my birding friends at

John Harris
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