This is a part I don't want to wright, but as I want every aspect about lorikeets, I have to tell about it.

A hybrid is many times mistaken, and called as mutation, and also mutations are sometimes called hybrid.

They are 2 different things!

A hybrid or crossbred, you get when you pair up 2 different species, or 2 different subspecies.

A mutation is when you pair 2 of the same species, but by a genetic failure in the genes, you breed another looking bird, other colour or other feather structure, or.... more about it on the page of mutations.

In many other species hybrids are unfertile, but in lories they are unfortunally fertile, which lead to many generations of none pure birds.

I write unfortunally, because no decent breeder want to buy does birds, only for pets or newly started breeders can buy them because they don't know it.

In most cases the breeding of hybrids is by accident, when 2 lonely birds are put together in waiting to find a proper partner.

Or in zoo's where many species are kept together.

Or they don't know which species or subspecies they have.

Or on purpose for passing a mutation from 1 species to another species.

But not only in captivity hybrids exist, also in the wild, because they live in the region or confiscated birds are released on the wrong Island.

Regrettable is when they do it on purpose.

We in Europe don't have enough bloodlines to waist good pure birds.

But in Australia it is being done many times.

But remember it takes many generations untill you get again a visible pure bird, but genetically it is never pure.

I am going to try to explain it, certainly not to make more hybrids, but for the ones who breed 2 different subspecies, who think they can breed 1 species out again.

And for the breeders outside Europe who want to do this.

When you pair up Trichoglossus moluccanus x Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus.

You breed a hybrid which is 1/2 moluccanus and 1/2 chlorolepidotus.

Pair this 1/2 hybrid again to a pure moluccanus.

You breed a 3/4 hybrid moluccanus with 1 part chlorolepidotus in it.

Pair again this 3/4 hybrid to a pure moluccanus.

You breed a 7/8 hybrid moluccanus with 1 part chlorolepidotus in it.

And so on.

1st generation = 1/2

2th generation = 3/4

3th generation = 7/8

4th generation = 15/16

5th generation = 31/32

6th generation = 63/64

7th generation = 127/128

8th generation = 255/256

9th generation = 511/512

10th generation = 1023/1024

You see there is always 1 part of the other species in it, but which you almost don't see no more after 4 generations.

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