Lorikeet Interbreeding and Hybridisation

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Subject: Lorikeet Interbreeding and Hybridisation
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 18:31:46 +1000
I live on the Bellerine Peninsula near Geelong in Southern Victoria, where 
its been recorded that Scaly-Breasted Lorikeet escapee's, have established 
wild populations by interbreeding with Rainbow Lorikeets.  The hybrids 
that are around are usually fairly obvious hybrids, taking on characterics 
of both species. 

On the weekend,  I saw a hybrid that appears to be a hybrid with a Musk 
Lorikeet.  The bird has distinguishing features of all three lorikeets!

A photo of the bird can be seen on my website:  then go to "Photo of the Week" --> 17th 
July 2006.

I found the following posting, of Musk Lorikeets breeding with Rainbows in 
South Australia, so i'm guessing this may be fairly common place?


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