Type of Rosella?

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Type of Rosella?

Hi
I'm new here and came across this site whilst trying to identify this bird that is a regular visitor to my backyard, along with it's mate. I think they might be Pale Headed Rosellas, but they have a patch of red on their head not a pale head as in the description, they also have the red under their tails. Hope the pictures come out ok & that someone can tell me what they are.

Thank you.
Char

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Hi Char

Pale Headed Rosella? Denis could be right maybe a hybrid, but if you are seeing more than one they could be imms (see below) The blue cheeks indicate a northern bird? 'Morcombe' says 'imm. duller than females often with some grey or red on head'. Could be a imm PHR.

Ed

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Char, Denis,

Took me a while to find these, Taken Dec 05 in my Townsville garden.
It looks like 'Morcombe' is right.

Ed Townsville NQ

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Thank you to Denis & Ed for your responses. It is most appreciated.

I'm in Central Qld on the coast so the blue cheeks in the Northern area makes sense.

There is definately 2 of these birds and there are also 2 others - but these have the pale head, that come as well. They are very timid birds but are starting to get used to me having a perve!

Please excuse my ignorance - but is imms = immature, and who is Morcombe.

Once again - thanks very much.

Char

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Char

Yes imm = immature.

Morcombe = Michael Morcombe, Field Guide to Australian Bird.

My garden birds are also very timid. Sounds like you have a family visiting. The birds in our area are 'intergrades' between the race adscitus (blue cheeked)north of Cairns and the southern race (northern NSW) palliceps(pale headed). Originally considered seperate species.

Ed

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