Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Tale of Two Lories ...

...and the tail of one!

G'day Followers,
Periodically throughout each day, the Musk Lorikeets and the Rainbow Lorikeets will visit one of the water bowls in the garden. As far as I can recall, they always do this separately. Usually one species will wait in the nearby tree until the other has finished. Yesterday however I found them drinking together, (sounds like the start of a B grade novel).

Perhaps they have found some new co-operativeness? (I wonder why Blogger has coloured that last word?)

I'd better get on with the tale, er, tail ...

One of the Musks had a yellow tail which I've not noticed before. I think it's a mature bird, it has the black and red beak. None of my books mention a yellow tail. Ah, the little oddities that can keep you fascinated in this birdwatching game.


  1. Beautiful birds and nice photos. I have never seen Musk L around here but lots of Rainbow L. They may be noisy and bossy but I love watching and photographing them - so it would be even better with the two kinds that you have.

  2. Lovely series of images, Gouldiae.
    Your Musk looks like it is partially "leucistic" (think "albino" with a yellow tendency).
    It is a normal genetic change, just not common. More common in captivity, where breeders select "colour breaks" and interbreed them.
    You probably know about that from your experience with Finches.
    Common in Budgies and Cockateils. But, I have also seen images of partially leucistic Black Cockatoos.


  3. G'day Mick,
    Pizzey and Knight says the northern limit for Musks is Rockhampton, so keep your eye out, you never know.
    G'day Denis,
    Yeah, leucism is a possible explanation and yes, I remember the mutation breeders. They used to annoy the heck out of me. Couldn't get much more beautiful birds than the natural Zebra or Gouldian Finch, etc, but some people just wanted to breed pale ones or blacks, etc. Hmph!

  4. Hi Gouldiae: Yellow Tail seems to have got rear feathers and colouring inside out. Might be more a stage in plumage development accentuated by tendency to overall yellowness in this bird? Banana Musky?

  5. G'day Tony,
    Yes, they do have a yellowish hue in the undertail feathers. They can be seen in flight if you are quick enough!

  6. Nice photos, gorgeous birds. Love that coloration.