Western Plains Zoo Woodland Birds

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Subject: Western Plains Zoo Woodland Birds
From: "Dion Hobcroft" <>
Date: Mon, 27 May 2002 17:48:45 +1000
Spent 20-24.5.02 recording native mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians at
the Australian Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, 150 hectares of fox-proof fenced
Cypress Pine, Ironbark and Grey Box woodland with extensive areas of Acacia

Best birds were a single Barking Owl spotlit on 23.5 and a single Swift
Parrot belting over calling well on 24.5. Other declining woodland species
(Reid 1999) seen included Speckled Warbler, Chestnut-rumped Thornbill,
Southern Whiteface, Red-capped Robin, Eastern Yellow Robin, Grey-crowned
Babbler, White-browed Babbler, Varied Sittella, Crested Shrike-tit, Rufous
Whistler and Diamond Firetail.

If anyone has any records of Square-tailed Kite, Bush Stone-curlew, Glossy
Black Cockatoo, Turquoise Parrot, Masked Owl, Regent or Painted Honeyeater,
Gilbert's Whistler, Painted Button-quail, Jacky Winter, Brown Treecreeper,
Hooded Robin, Crested Bellbird, Restless Flycatcher, White-browed
Wood-swallow and Dusky Wood-swallow from the Western Plains Zoo I would be
very interested to incorporate these into a report I am preparing on the
value of this woodland site particularly in terms of declining and
threatened woodland birds.

Some other neat species seen on site were Common Dunnart, Yellow-footed
Antechinus, Ocellated Velvet Gecko and an extraordinary record of a pale
morph Greater Glider. Some butterflies were still out in the cold, dry
conditions including Spotted Jezabel, Meadow Argus, Yellow Admiral and
Long-tailed Pea Blue.

Have a good day



Reid, J.R.W. 1999. Threatened and declining birds in the New South Wales
Sheep-Wheat Belt: I. Diagnosis, characteristics and management. Consultancy
report to NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. CSIRO Wildlife and
Ecology, Canberra.

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