Abnormal Rainbow Lorikeet, Ivanhoe, Vic.

Subject: Abnormal Rainbow Lorikeet, Ivanhoe, Vic.
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2007 13:00:00 +1100
At Wilson Reserve in Ivanhoe, only the western part of the Bailey Billabong now holds water. In a Red Gum overhanging the water were four Rainbow Lorikeets, apparently a family group. Two birds seemed inclined to beg from the other two, but whether this indicated that they were this season's young I'm not sure. They looked adult, but one was very conspicuous because it had bright yellow feathers on its upper wing coverts, and also on its underside from the orange breast right aft to the undertail coverts. The effect was of a very yellow bird when seen in profile or from below. At least a third of the feathers on the folded wing was yellow, some in a patch and others scattered through the green. It made its normal companions look quite drab by comparison.
   Anthea Fleming

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