RFI: Crimson Rosella colour variations.

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Subject: RFI: Crimson Rosella colour variations.
From: "Marlene Lyell" <>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 16:17:59 +1100
Hi All,


Travelling through Gundagai in early October, I took some photos of a
Crimson Rosella.  My first impression was 'Adelaide Rosella" but an Adelaide
Rosella shouldn't be in Gundagai, unless they're escapees. 

A small flock of 6-8 birds were observed for quite a while, foraging on some
cape weed type vegetation in the caravan park.

After checking the photos and referring to all the field guides, I am still
at a loss as to which race the rosella belongs.

The breast and head were the orange/red of the Adelaide Rosella, certainly
nothing like the crimson of the normal Crimson Rosella, which is probably
the rosella you would expect to find around Gundagai. The scalloping on the
back is quite defined, but to add to the id problems, was a green rump
tending towards red/orange at the upper tail coverts area.

I am happy to forward the photos to anyone who might care to look at them.
Or if someone would care to put them up on b-a with a 'link' to them, that
would be great and everyone could see them without waiting for me to reply.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks and 

Happy birding







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