At 16:11 8/09/98 +1000, Michael Atzeni wrote:
>It also dawned on me that, with Brahminy Kite now recorded, all the endemic
>species of eagles, hawks and falcons have now been seen in the Lockyer
>Valley, located between Toowoomba and Brisbane. All the owls (excluding
>Rufous and Lesser Sooty) have also been recorded.
>Can any other area of Australia boast a similar raptor list (and a total
>species list of some 300 species to boot)?
Is the Brahminy Kite endemic? Anyway, I would think that Cairns / Atherton
Tableland would go close.
Kununurra in the north of Western Australia has had all the Australian
resident raptors recorded, although I wish I could have found that Red
Goshawk that occasionally frequents the Dunham River and Lake Kununurra :-(
I haven't seen Grey Falcon or Letter-winged Kite there but I know people who
It is a bit short of owls / nightjars with (only?) Southern Boobook,
Barking, Barn, Grass, Rufous, Spotted Nightjar, Australian Owlet-nightjar.
Masked is rumoured to be in the area, but I have yet to meet anyone who
claims to have seen it.
There are 11 species of finch - Zebra, Masked, Double-barred, Long-tailed,
Crimson, Star, Painted, Gouldian, Yellow-rumped Mannikin, Chestnut-breasted
Mannikin, Pictorella Mannikin. Most of them (except Painted) can readily be
found, at least in the late dry season. I consider Kununurra to be the
finch site of Australia.
Parrots, etc are a bit disappointing but even so there are Red-tailed
Black-Cockatoo, Little Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Cockatiel,
Budgerigar, Red-winged Parrot, Northern Rosella, Rainbow Lorikeet, Varied
Honeyeaters are also a bit thin, but they include Brown, Rufous-throated,
Grey-fronted, Singing, White-gaped, Yellow-tinted, Blue-faced,
White-throated, Bar-breasted, Black-chinned, Banded, Yellow-throated Miner,
Little & Silver-crowned Friarbird.
The only problem with Kununurra is that it is not close to the major
population centres. If anyone is visiting the Kimberley, then look at my
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