Not another Rainbow lorikeet?

To: John Gamblin <>
Subject: Not another Rainbow lorikeet?
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 21:28:52 +1100
Hi all

I reckon that could be a hybrid RainbowXScaly-breasted Lorikeet,
possibly three-quarters Rainbow.

Not far from you at Ricketts Point, Beaumaris, there have been
various generations of such hybrids for about 10 years.  The
Scalys (of unknown origin) have been there for at least 15 years
and early on were seen in a nesting pair with a Little Lorikeet.

I would add the main reference but on that so-easy-to-use
Birding-Aus archive I found the following piece on Hybrid
Lorikeets written by Philip A Veerman on 21 May 1999:

"John Gamblin asked a Question :

When a Scaly breasted Lorikeet and a Rainbow Lorikeet form a
union what is the most likely outcome with respect to their
offspring ?

See the article on this subject of hybridisation of Scaly
breasted Lorikeet and Rainbow Lorikeet by Ray Leggett & Peter
Woodall in Australian Bird Watcher 1987 12(4):122"

Philip didn't mention that the article includes photos of
various types of hybrid and is, from memory, based on specimens
in Queensland where such hybrids are not uncommon.

Thanks, Peter, for helping to write the article.

John, sorry not to have had the time recently not to be serious
(currently India are 4 for 509). 

Michael Norris
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