Shrike-tit taxa

To: "Frank O'Connor" <>, "Edwin Vella" <>, "Peter Lansley" <>
Subject: Shrike-tit taxa
From: "Andrew Stafford" <>
Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2002 22:33:21 +1000
Hi Frank, Edwin et al

In late August 1991 I was travelling through the Kimberleys with Peter
Lansley, and at the Drysdale River crossing we came across a Northern
Shrike-tit feeding in the canopy of the riverine paperbarks. Our attention
was drawn to the bird by its call which, from memory was very similar if not
identical to the familiar Eastern (nominate) subspecies - or potential
species if you follow Schodde. The call I'm referring to is the the drawn
out, cuckoo-like whistle.

Northern Shrike-tits are probably observed even less often than Western
Shrike-tits, although they're probably not as rare as has been claimed. Has
anyone else had experience with these very elusive birds and their calls?

By the way, the Drysdale River crossing is a noted spot for NST; Graeme
Chapman photographed these stunning birds here in August 1983, at least if
the caption in the National Photographic Index series (Robins and
Flycatchers, p. 260) is to be believed!

Cheers, AS

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