FW: Identification

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Subject: FW: Identification
From: "Mark Roberts" <>
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 17:24:06 +1000
> 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 back,
> 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 both
> 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 to
find in Simpson & Day.  It has two paintings, neither of which emphasise its
pale-headedness well enough to allow a quick ID if it's a new bird.  I'm new
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 to
fit anything else in S&D either.  So PHR is my quick guess as a local who's
relatively new to local species.  Of course if Hazz is already familiar with
PHR and has dismissed it, then think again.

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