Blue scaly-breasted lorikeet?

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cassie.c87
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Blue scaly-breasted lorikeet?

A member of one of my facebook groups posted these pictures of a blue scaly-breasted lorikeet taken in South east queensland, he wont give full location to insure people don't go and try to catch it.. He swears they are not photoshopped/edited and two other people have also said they have seen it. I asked for permission to share the pictures so I can get everyone's thoughts on this unique bird.

sparrow
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The blue mutation of the scaly is still a very rare bird in captivety so to see one in a wild population is amazing ,and I strongly agree about not giving its location a lot of breeders would love to get their hands on this bird.

zosterops
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Outstanding. 

ihewman
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sparrow wrote:

The blue mutation of the scaly is still a very rare bird in captivety so to see one in a wild population is amazing ,and I strongly agree about not giving its location a lot of breeders would love to get their hands on this bird.

I think it was once a caged bird anyway... I wouldn't believe it being a wild bird.

Brandon (aka ihewman)

zosterops
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Why not? 

Many 'avicultural' mutations were first discovered in the wild, or have arose independently in wild and captive populations.
 

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dwatsonbb
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Interesting, beautiful bird, would be a shame for it to be captured. There also seems to be a Rainbow Lorikeet in the picture, right of the Blue, and head down in the bowl, unless I am mistaken.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

cassie.c87
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I guess it could be an ex-avery bird and if it was I'm glad the wild population has accepted it. I just hope with it's unique colouring it avoids capture by both man or preditor 

zosterops
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I don't think it's necessarily an aviary escapee; mutations happen. 

But I do hope it stays around, it is rather conspicuous. 

darinnightowl
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looks good 

See it!  Hear it!

Mid-North Coast NSW

joehabib79
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It would be a natural occurring mutation, there has been a couple of blue scaley breasted lorikeets seen up on the Sunshine Coast recently 

zosterops
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interesting, joe. any chance of pics?

lets hope they are safe from trappers.

i once saw a wild rainbow lorikeet with the whole front of the bird deep blue (where the orange should be). 

joehabib79
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Sorry, I don't have any photos of them, a good friend of mine in the area told me about them, he hasn't seen them in a while!!!

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