Bleeding Easterns

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Subject: Bleeding Easterns
From: "Purcell's" <>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 12:27:40 +1000
Watching the Eastern Rosellas at our feeder (Gisborne Vic), it is interesting to observe the extent of red on the breast. In a number of birds, there is a small amount of bleeding of the red into the yellow breast area. Often this is a line extending part way toward the vent. One bird today, however, had a separate patch of red some 2x3 cm, below the customary red throat area (in the yellow of the breast.)
I'll try to take a photo.
I could see that aviculturists would find it relatively simple to selectively breed a fully red chested bird. Has this been done?
I imagine that much has been written of this, although some field guides don't highlight it. My "Australian Parrots" by Forshaw doesn't mention it.
Rick Purcell
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