Influx of White-winged Trillers

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Subject: Influx of White-winged Trillers
From: "Vella" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 18:54:16 -0700
Another fitness walk today at Fairfield Regional Park, west of Sydney, during lunch break saw/heard atleast 4 White-winged Trillers (possibly more) calling from the same trees and acacias beside a dam as we walked past. They were very obvious, with male Trillers chasing each other close to the ground. It appears now they have established territories and most likely will nest there after being around the same spot and being very territorial for the past week. There are probably other areas in western Sydney where there is a good congregation of Trillers at the moment, besides this area and the Richmond Turf farms.
I always see a few breeding each year in Sydney, but some years, they can be in almost any patch of good habitat and locally common. I would imagine any WW Triller sighting along the coast, esp. over coastal Sandstone woodland or near the relative built up Sydney's northern and eastern areas, are most likely birds on passage. They would prefer more open habitat (usually amongst scattered Eucalyptus in open paddocks or open woodland, esp. near water) typically found in Sydney's west.
I remember once at Round Hill Nature Reserve (central-western NSW) seeing no less than I think, 200 WW Trillers pass through (many stopping to feed on ants/caterpillers?) and seeing 8 nicely plumage male Trillers all on the same termite mound. An awesome sight indeed. This was about mid Nov. 98.
They are a very noticeable bird esp. if you regularly pass through and live near their teritories, which I do. Their calls are quiet loud and travel very far, and some calls are like that of a canary. I would rate them as one of my favourite bush birds for their beautiful call and striking pied plumage.
Edwin Vella 
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