Questions regarding WA

To: "Peter Ewin" <>
Subject: Questions regarding WA
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Sun, 09 Sep 2001 15:29:37 +0800
At 19:59 08/09/2001 +1000, Peter Ewin asked:
1. Are Hooded Robins found on Rottnest? I had a quick view of the back of a Robin on the island as I rode past on a bike. I said Hooded at the time, but subsequently only saw them elsewhere up near Overlander Roadhouse. Any chance I was correct?

It was a Red-capped Robin that you saw on Rottnest.

2. What is the Whipbird at Stirling Range and Fitzgerald River under the Schodde and Mason taxonomy? I heard at both, but only saw a Whipbird at Two Peoples Bay. This is definitely Western, but as far as I can tell the other is Mallee. Any comments?

It is a question I have been meaning to ask, so does anyone have the answer? I don't have Schodde's book. Also, Peter did you see any whipbirds and where? I am showing a friend around in November and this is one of his target species. I used to have a sure fire site at Fitzgerald River but they seem to have gone from there.

3. Are White-breasted Robins found at Nambung NP (the Pinnacles)? I had a quick glimpse as it disappeared into scrub. Looked like this but seemed wrong habitat.

White-breasted is certainly possible in the heath and is most probably what you saw.

4. Has anyone confirmed Chestnut Quail-thrush at Meanarra Hill at Kalbarri. I heard a thin high pitched call two nights in a row here, but could not track down the bird.It sounded like Q-T or Black Honeyeater, but was possibly Southern Scrub-Robin which were common at the site.

I have also heard what sounded like a Chestnut Quail-thrush at this site but couldn't track it down. Certainly not a Black Honeyeater, but it could have been a Southern Scrub-robin, but not a call that I have heard from the SSR further south.

Frank O'Connor      Birding WA
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