FW: Identification

To: "'Mark Roberts'" <>, "'birding-aus'" <>
Subject: FW: Identification
From: "Harold Peacock" <>
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 17:31:50 +1000
Thanks Mark & Tim

We have heaps of PHR here, and definitely not one of them.

Slightly bigger, and colours absolutely distinct.

Still a mystery.

My challenge is to get a good photo!

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Roberts 
Sent: Thursday, 14 April 2005 5:24 PM
To: birding-aus
Cc: Tim Murphy; 
Subject: FW: Identification

> Yesterday morning 8:30am 13/04/05 I saw a new parrot in my Brisbane
> (Pullenvale) back yard, and could not find it in either 'Wildlife of
> Brisbane' or 'The Claremont Field Guide to the Birds of Australia'
> & Day).
> It had a fully yellow head, light green breast, slight darker green
> and when it flew it displayed blue on the under side of the wings.
> It was about 30cm, and there was a pair, the other presumably female
> its colours were not as bright although was about the same size, so
> appeared fully grown.

There are plenty of Pale-Headed Rosella round here - I'm just across the
river in Westlake. Until you get to know PHR they can be very difficult
find in Simpson & Day.  It has two paintings, neither of which emphasise
pale-headedness well enough to allow a quick ID if it's a new bird.  I'm
round here, and at first I found myself searching the book for this
predominant field marking and not finding it.

Of course the other descriptions aren't quite right, but they don't seem
fit anything else in S&D either.  So PHR is my quick guess as a local
relatively new to local species.  Of course if Hazz is already familiar
PHR and has dismissed it, then think again.

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