X Breeding in the wild.

To: Barney Enders <>, "" <>
Subject: X Breeding in the wild.
From: Peter Ewin <>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:24:49 +0000
Crosses of Crimosn and Yellow Rosella are a regular occurrence in the 
Albury-Wodonga region. I saw a mixed pair many years ago near teh Bandiana Army 
Camp. The first house we lived in (near Nailcan Hill) often had mixed pairs 
with an odd mix of young birds - some looked like Yellows, some Crimsons and 
yes many looked like Adelaides). I only get Yellows in the house we are now in 
(which is only about 200 metres away but closer to town and further from eth 
bush). I only see Yellows in the street trees in the CBD. At Beechworth only 
Crimsons are found.
Not certain how much further upstream the  Yellows extend, but once you get 
into the serious mountains then only Crimsons occur.
I vaguely recall seeing a mixed pair at Gundagai on the Murrumbidgee as well, 
so probably where the foothills meet the river this occurs reasonably regularly.
The more interesting thing is the "Crimson" Rosella on Kangaroo Island in SA, 
whereas the mainland are all Adelaide types.
My parents near Murwillumbah on the north coast of NSW have for many years had 
a hybrid male Eastern/Pale-headed breeding with a female Eastern. Don't see 
many pure Pale-heads in the Tweed Valley, but they are more common on the Gold 
Dad also reckoned he had wild Long-billed and Little Corellas near Brunswick 
Heads where both species would be locally introduced.

> From: 
> To: 
> Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2015 16:33:18 +1000
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] X Breeding in the wild.
> I recently went back to Reedy Swamp at Shepparton where I photographed a
> cock Yellow Rosella feeding a Crimson Rosella hen which
> he had called out of the hollow they were nesting in last year, I found him
> again feeding her but could not find any of last year's young around the
> area.
> Is this a common occurrence and if so what are the colours of the young, do
> they look like Adelaide Rosella's which can vary from very light
> (Yellowish)to
> dark colours  (Reddish- Orange) in the orchards in the Adelaide Hills ?
> Do they interbreed further down the Murray or don't the Crimsons exist
> further downstream ?
> I have seen plenty of Crimsons and Eastern crosses and there are several
> pairs of Eastern x Pale-headed crosses on the Gold Coast.
> Galah X Corella  used to be seen around Echuca years ago and there is a
> flock of several birds of Galah x Corellas I photographed at Denmark W A
> Many Major Mitchells,  Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and  Corella crosses can be
> found in aviaries around the country including a Red-rumped X Adelaide
> Rosella
> once bred by mistake in an aviary.
> Most Neophemas x breed in aviaries which is a pity and Princess have been
> crossed with Regents In W A, Red-rumped and Mulgas will breed if kept in the
> same
> aviary which often happens in Zoos etc.
> Regents and Red-winged Parrots will interbreed also if housed with each
> other.
> Barney.
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