Hello Stephen, and others,

Thank you very much for all your information. This has turned out to be a more interesting subject than I had expected.

I have had an email from a chap who lives near Victor Harbour. He assures me his birds have yellow eyes. But according to Schodde & Mason, Victor Harbour birds are subsp. rosinae which are at best White-browed but have “faint dusky spotting” on the breast – call them what you will, which poses an interesting question – where does the changeover from yellow to blue (in adults) occur? or is it even gradual!! I think not.

It will be interesting to learn what Norman, Christidis & Schodde have to say on the subject. It is a very complicated issue – takes up three pages (169-171) of discussion in Schodde and Mason.



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