Hybrid Rainbow/Musk Lorikeets

Subject: Hybrid Rainbow/Musk Lorikeets
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2009 08:41:24 +1100
On Sun, Nov 01, 2009 at 04:41:55AM -0600, Chris Corben wrote:
> I think when I asked around about this I was told that tryhybrids are 
> known in at least ducks and finches, but only in captivity? Anyone know 
> the answer to that?

There is surprisingly a book compiling all known avian hybrids: "Handbook
of Avian Hybrids of the World".  From its introduction:

"Compound hybrids are produced by successive matings between more than
 two different types of birds. For example, Sandnes (1957) first produced
 a hybrid between a Golden Pheasant and a Lady Amherst's Pheasant
 (Chrysolophus pictus x C. amherstiae), then mated it with a Common
 Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) to produce a three-way hybrid. Such hybrids
 occur both in captivity and in nature.  Thus, Harrison and Harrison
 (1965a) report a presumed natural three-way hybrid of Pintail Duck
 (Anas acuta) with Mallard (A. platyrhynchos) and Gadwall (A. strepera)."


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