Painted Honeyater at Packsaddle NSW

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Subject: Painted Honeyater at Packsaddle NSW
From: "Allan Morris" <>
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2000 21:10:16 +1000
Hi Birders,
I was interested to hear about the Painted Honeyeater, seen by Tony Russell at Packsaddle two weeks ago. Had the controversy about the "black" White-winged Fairy-wren not arisen, would we in NSW have heard about it? (Trever Q, would this constitute "suppression"?).
Seriously though, according to Morris, McGill & Holmes 1981 the Status and Distribution of the Painted Honeyeater in NSW is as follows:-
"Moderately common . Migrant; recorded October-May (once August), numerous November-April. Eggs October-February.
Western Plains, Slopes, Tablelands, Mid-north Coast and Hunter. West to Warrego River, beyond Cobar, Ivanhoe & Wanganella; east to Tenterfield, Tamworth, Barnard River, Bulga, Munghorn Gap, Gilgandra, Bogan Gate, Cowra, Canberra & Jinjellic. Also recorded at Tibooburra in 1974, Lower Manning River in 1975 and  Burrier near Nowra about 1950. Formerly on the Cumberland Plain. Woodlands and tall scrublands, where heavily parasitised by mistletoe."
Since then some other interesting records include near Wyong (on the Central Coast ) 1982, near Wanaaring 1991 and a number of recent records from the Cumberland Plains west of Sydney.No other August records as far as I can see.
So a Painted Honeyeater at Packsaddle near Tibooburra is not unexpected but August is an unusual time of the year in which to see them.
Alan Morris
NSWFOC Records Officer
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