part 2 catbird at goolengook

Subject: part 2 catbird at goolengook
From: "Paul Jones" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2000 12:24:18 +1100
Many many doubters, so I have decided to continue the debate and try to answer
some questions that others have put up.

Is the Green Catbird rare or threatened anywhere?

Is it really that significant that a bird 150km's north has moved further south
and crossed a state border?

A few people have suggested the Satin Bowerbird as having a similar call and
being a mimic.  I am not completely familiar with SB's, so could somebody let
me know how similar their calls are.  Also if it is mimicry, wouldn't it be
just as possible that a bird could travel as far south as it is mimiced?  Do
SB's have continous populations between Goolengook and Narooma, so that the
mimiced calls could be past along?

Visually I doubt they could be mixed up.  At 30 metres through a good set of
bino's and a clear view, I have little doubt that I couldn't tell the difference
between the green of a catbird and the browns of a female SB and blue/black
of a male.

How much time do SB's spend in tree tops?

How often do SB's call?

Is there any info on movements of Green Catbirds to indicate that this could
be a moving population or new population?

I look forward to any new info I get.  At the moment, I am still almost 100%
sure of the accuracy.  Will report back on what I find next week.

In regards to the Brown Honeyeater, there are a few doubts.  I had been on a
field naturalists club trip 2 days before and a regualr attendee of Birds 
Vic group meetings, pointed it out to me.  This was a new sighting for me. 
Quite easily, it may have been the identity that popped into my head on the
sighting, as there are many other birds that it could be confused with.

Thats all for now

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