Wed, 19 Sep 2001 06:49:50 +1000
Sorry but you misunderstood my email slightly, no doubt because of the rather
garbled form in which I sent it.
What I meant to say was that the name "riflebird" may have been given to those
members of the bird of paradise family because of their green and black
plumage. Green and black were the colours associated with rifle (i.e. infantry)
regiments in the British army.
Dragoons, which were regiments of cavalry, often wore vividly coloured uniforms
in the British and other armies in the 19th century. and it is easy to see how
the name"dragoon bird" came to be bestowed on the Noisy Pitta.
Ros Laundon wrote:
> Thanks to all respondents, to the list and direct.
> The evidence is coming down heavily on the side of the Noisy Pitta. It is
> interesting that Colin Scouler points out that British army dragoons
> traditionally wore black and green which is much closer to the plumage of
> the Riflebird than to that of the Noisy Pitta.
> Sid Curtis remembers Dragoon bird as the Noisy Pitta from Mt Tamborine (SE
> Qld). Not far from Tamborine (as the Pitta flies) there is a Dragoon Bird
> Creek at Binna Burra (Lamington Nat Park - SE Qld). I'm wondering if anyone
> familiar with Binna Burra of yesteryear would know if that was a traditional
> place to see (hear) the Pitta. It is in a fairly wet, dense part of the
> park that would suit either N. Pitta or Riflebird.
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