Port Lincoln ringneck confusion

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Subject: Port Lincoln ringneck confusion
From: John Leonard <>
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2005 17:53:15 +1100
Where is your area?

On a trip to WA some years ago I paid attention to the Port Lincoln/28 Parrots and came to the conclusion that the 28s int he forests of the sw were pure, as were the PLs around Perth, but in between was a wide band of hybridisation.

WA birders can confirm (or contradict) this.


John L

On 11/7/05, Gemfyre <> wrote:
All of the field guides (well, I can't speak for Slater - I haven't checked that one) show the Port Lincoln ringneck (zonarius) as having a yellow belly and no red forehead.  The 28 Parrot (semitorquatus) has a fully green belly and a red forehead patch.
I've been paying more attention to these birds and have noticed - at least in my area - that many of them have a yellow belly AND a red forehead patch.
And thus I am confused.  What's going on here?
I've also noticed in the last 9 months the White-cheeked honeyeaters seem to have taken over whereas the garden used to be New Holland honeyeater dominated.  When I left in February there were many altercations between the two species going on.

John Leonard
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