Hybrid Lorikeet?

Subject: Hybrid Lorikeet?
From: Ian Smissen <>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2010 23:57:00 +1100
This bird was in a flock of at least 10 Rainbow Lorikeets with a single Scaly-breasted Lorikeet in Coast Banksias along Beach Road at Ricketts Point, Beaumaris in Victoria this afternoon. It appears to be a hybrid between Rainbow and Scaly-breasted: dull blue head but yellow scaly plumage on breast and back.

Any ideas appreciated.

See blog at
or larger photograph at

Also, any opinions on the tern - Arctic or Common?

Thanks, Ian

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