Re: birding-aus RFI White-gaped Honeyeater

Subject: Re: birding-aus RFI White-gaped Honeyeater
From: francis crome <>
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 1999 08:06:56 +1000

For what its worth I used to see them occasionally at Mission Beach in the
early 1970's.  I don't go there much now but haven't seen them on the times
I have visited in the last few years.

Francis Crome

At 17:44 17/02/99 +1000, you wrote:
>Hi Birders,
>I'm quite puzzled/curious about the distribution of White-gaped Honeyeater
>(WGHO) in eastern Qld. Around Townsville they are locally common in two
>isolated restricted populations: (1) within the suburbs on the north bank
>of ross river; and (2) in the eastern? drainages of Mt Elliot.
>Aparently they occur south of Townsville in Ayr, but not Bowen. They don't
>seem to occur to the north of Townsville in the coastal forests and lowland
>or upland rainforests of the wet tropics. I've never seen them for instance
>around Ingham, Cardwell, Tully, Innisfail, Cairns, Daintree, Atherton,
>Malanda, Julaten or the Eastern Cape.  Most people I've talked to haven't
>seen them in too many palces either.
>The Atlas shows records in every block along the coast from about Bowen to
>Princess Charlotte Bay. I find that hard to beleive. Storr (1983, revised
>list of Q Birds) has a more reasonable distribution in three populations:
>(1) Gulf, (2) Southern Cape York S to Mareeba and E to Helenevale; and (3)
>Townsville to Inkerman. However, there is only one record from Hellenvale,
>1948-49 (see Mclean 1995 Sunbird 25:69). 
>Something is fishy. Why such big gaps in the range? There's nothing
>obviously perculiar about their habitat preferences: mesic, riparian
>forests and gardens. No problems with "development". They seem to need
>permanent water. They can co-exist with other honeyeaters like Yellow and
>I'm intertested to know were other birders have seen White-gapeds in Qld,
>apart from in the far NW.  I'm not after details, just districts and
>whether recent or long ago.
>Please reply direct to me, and I'll summarise for birding Aus.
>thanks in advance,
>David James
>PO BOX 5225
>Townsville Mail Centre 4810
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