Grey birds

To: "Birding Aus" <>
Subject: Grey birds
From: "Bill Moorhead" <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2001 17:35:35 +1000
Hi all,
I just had 4 days on Fraser Is.
Always terrific birding....nothing really special but for some reason
this Grey Falcon thread got me thinking.
Why are there so many rare or difficult grey named birds?I don't mean Grey-headed etc but straight out 'grey'.
Grey Falcon....only exists in books
Grey Honeyeater...ditto
Grey Ternlet...common at Norfolk but rare here (I've seen and photographed it at Lady Elliott Is)
Grey Grasswren....only in the book
Grey Petrel....seen one off Eaglehawk Neck,Tassie
Grey way.Bill Jolly has a photo in his lodge....but it's from the UK I think.
Grey've got to be kidding!
Grey Plover...yes,they're around but not common up here in Bundy anyway
I could only think of...Grey Currawong,Teal,Fantail and Shrike-thrush as common.
With JAG in self imposed exile,I thought this piece of  holiday-induced trivia might pose some theories.
We also have a potential Coxens Fig Parrot sighting from an experienced NQ birder to follow up.I'll keep you posted.
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