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Fallow Rainbow Lorrikeet.

young Fallow hen bird

The Fallow Rainbow is a red eyed recessive colour mutation first found in the wild in Western Australia. These birds came about from a release of some 50 Rainbow Lorikeets by a tourist business on an island some 2 kilometers of shore from Perth WA.

young Fallow hen bird

It was thought in the beginning that there were two colour variations being a purple headed type and a pink headed type. The concept behind the idea was that visitors had birds to look at in the wild and the owners thought that the birds would stick to the island. A flight of 2 km for a lorikeet is absolutely no problem so after some time the first birds got bored and went venturing further afield and some ended up on the main land. Because we are talking small numbers of birds in the beginning and therefore the bloodline was pretty thin and alternately there was lots of inbreeding in those first few years with the result of the Fallow mutation being born.

Yellow type Fallow

These birds having red eyes could not fly as well as most birds and if they were not found by people would end up pretty quickly on the food chain of the birds of prey or cats and dogs. Some of these birds ended up in the hands of the breeders and so we have this beautiful colour variation to work with. These birds come in many colour shades and can be seen in these photos,

This was later clarified as one colour as these birds could breed birds with both colour head types and comes more down to what colour the original birds where. Some birds are red fronted and some yellow fronted and anything in between, it is mainly what colour birds you work with in the first instant that will determine the colour outcome in the Fallow mutation. Red fronted type birds will give stronger colours in as red chest and greener body with darker head colouring. Whereas yellow fronted will give an allover more yellow colouration with pinker heads as again can be seen in these photos.

These days there are many thousands of Rainbow lorikeets in the Perth area and spreading out further up and down the coats fringe. With that many birds the chances of new mutations is less likely then before. Now they are in pest proportion as they do not belong in the Western state.

We may see in the future some control being instigated by the state but most likely they have left this too late.

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