X Breeding in the wild.

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Subject: X Breeding in the wild.
From: John Leonard <>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2015 21:38:54 +0000
I don't know whether the Canberra suburbs qualify as 'the wild' but a male 
crimson x eastern rosella has been around our patch for at least the last ten 
years (same individual). It's intermediate in size between the two and is very 
handsome e with its Crimson and yellow plumage. It hangs around with a female 
eastern, but I have never seen them with young.

John Leonard

> On 2 Sep 2015, at 9:24 pm, Peter Ewin <> wrote:
> Barney,
> 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 Coast.
> Dad also reckoned he had wild Long-billed and Little Corellas near Brunswick 
> Heads where both species would be locally introduced.
> Cheers,
> Peter
>> 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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