Hybrid Rainbow/Musk Lorikeets

Subject: Hybrid Rainbow/Musk Lorikeets
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Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 10:53:44 +0930
John and others

At Port Hughes York Peninsula SA,  Rainbow Lorikeets have invaded the area, in
numbers, in the last 8 years or so. Musk Lorikeets are the common lorikeet of
the area. With the recent invasion most Rainbow Lorikeet 'types' are actually
hybrids with Musk Lorikeet. On one day I counted 20 hybrids and no pure Rainbow
Lorikeets. The hybrid's call is like Rainbow's but show significant Musk
Lorikeet features. There are very few pure Rainbow Lorikeets in the area. The
hybrids pair with each other and the plumage of hybrids is variable. Are there
reported 'populations' of this hybrid no just individuals in other regions ?

David D.

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