Little Corella- pink undertones

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Wollemi's picture
Little Corella- pink undertones

Over the last few months I have been watching, at a distance, two pairs of Little Corella at and around their hollow. I have noticed a difference between the pairs. One pair has a bird with pink undertone around the neck, somewhat reminiscent of the red/orange neck of the Long-billed Corella, and the other pair does not.

What do you think? Is the pink undertones usual for Little Corella?

Pair one

pink undertones around neckline

from pair one

Pair two

pair two

pair two

HelloBirdy's picture

It is relatively common. I don't know what causes it, maybe dust?

Aiming for DSLR-quality shots with a bridge camera

Woko's picture

I understand individuals in the race gymnopis have some pink colouring between the bill & eye & some pink on the throat. This pink colouring is most noticeable in the race westralensis in central-west WA. The northern Australian race sanguinea lacks this colouring. See Michael Morcombe: Field Guide to Australian Birds.

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