More hybrids - corellas this time

To: Philip Veerman <>, "'Simon Robinson'" <>
Subject: More hybrids - corellas this time
From: Nikolas Haass <>
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:20:16 +0000
Hi all,

According to E.M. McCarthy¹s Handbook of Avian Hybrids (2006, OUP), the
following combinations with Little Corella occur (except for x sulphurea
apparently all in the wild):
Cacatua sanguinea [Little Corella]
x galerita [Sulphur-crested C.]
x leadbeateri [Major Mitchell¹s C.]
x pastinator [Western C.]
x roseicapillus [Galah]
x sulphurea [Lesser Sulphur-crested C.]
x tenuirostris [Long-billed C.]
x Callocephalon fimbriatum [Gang-gang C.]


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On 25/06/14 5:53 PM, "Philip Veerman" <> wrote:

>We have exactly the same situation in Canberra, where the Little Corella
>become abundant recently. It has reached 12th most common species in the
>most recent compiled years Garden Bird Survey (2012/13), from being almost
>non occurring here until 1988. With small numbers of Long-billed Corellas
>and, going by appearances and some observed behaviours, some very likely
>hybrids. Whether any hybrids are of domestic origin is unknown (somewhat
>likely maybe but generally not often suggested). It seems odd that
>"aviculture literature, however, refers to hybridisation between
>corellas and galahs (or Major Mitchell cockatoos) to enhance colouring;
>hybridisation with little corellas is not mentioned." I strongly suspect
>that is simply a reflection of the interests of the authors or what they
>might be attempting to achieve or what they think hobbyists might like to
>know about, rather than any lesser likelihood or occurrence of
>between corellas.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf
>Simon Robinson
>Sent: Wednesday, 25 June 2014 2:29 PM
>Cc: Peter Dewey
>Subject: [Birding-Aus] More hybrids - corellas this time
>There is a large flock of little corellas that squawks around the Southern
>Highlands of NSW. Amongst them are a few long-billed corellas. In addition
>there are a few individuals with intermediate length bills of various
>and some colour variations (including pink). Peter Dewey and I are
>if these are hybrids between the little and long-billed corellas. The only
>peer reviewed reference we can find  is (Ford, J (1985) Emu 85, 163-180)
>did not find evidence of such hybridisation, but considered that the
>long-billed corella was still evolving. The aviculture literature,
>refers to hybridisation between long-billed corellas and galahs (or Major
>Mitchell cockatoos) to enhance colouring; hybridisation with little
>is not mentioned. In the Southern Highlands flock, are we seeing (a)
>hybridisation between little and long-billed corellas, (b) hybridisation
>between long-billed corellas and galahs (occasional pink colouration
>suggests this), or (c) a morphological range in the genetically unstable
>long-billed corellas (not all the intermediate billed individuals show
>colouration). Or all or some of the above! We'd appreciate comments and
>Simon R Robinson
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