Questions regarding WA

Subject: Questions regarding WA
From: "Peter Ewin" <>
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2001 09:53:17 +1000
I have just got back to my e-mail so will answer the questions posed below. The Robin on Rottnest is starting to worry me, because it was too large to be a Red-capped (this was definite) and the call which was what attracted me, didn't sound right either. Regarding the Western Whipbird it was seen on the track near Little Beach, near where Frank recommends for Noisy Scrub-bird. I did not expect to see the Whipbird, and it ended up being the first of the three seen. I had heard them calling a couple of places, but never had any idea which direction they were calling from - very difficult to track down. Went back to this track and was waiting for Scrub-bird when I heard something in the heath. It was virtually on the track, and it gave a 'gluck' call like the Eastern Whipbird. At no time did it give the song. It rummaged through the heath, before hoping briefly on a bush to look at me before completely disappearing. All three species came to look at me, rather than me seeing them. I heard Whipbirds on the Kanga trail (very late in the evening) and at Fitzgerald River crossing (though in the mallee right next to the bridge). I was very close at the last spot, but the weather was abyssmal (wind and rain) and couldn't quite get there.

From: Frank O'Connor <>
To: "Peter Ewin" <>
Subject: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] Questions regarding WA
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
8C Hardy Road                      Email : 
Nedlands  WA  6009                       Phone : +61 8 9386 5694

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