Rufous Scrub Bird

To: "Phillip DUKE" <>
Subject: Rufous Scrub Bird
From: knightl <>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2003 19:47:19 +1000

Noisy scrubbirds live in the coastal zone around Albany, but they were also living in the Perth Hills [a rather different environment] during the 19 century. Similarly, southern emu wrens are normally recorded in the coastal zone up the east coast, but they also occur in the
McPherson Range ...

The bottom line is that distribution maps and conventional wisdom are
based on incomplete knowledge.

Regards, Laurie.

On Friday, November 28, 2003, at 05:37  PM, Phillip DUKE wrote:

In August 1968, when walking along a rain forest track on Fraser
Island I believe I saw a Rufous Scrub Bird. All the reference books
said that they only occured in the mountain ranges on the QLD-NSW
border, so I presumed I was mistaken. Recently I surfed them on the
Web to find a reference that they were once coastal but retreated due to land clearing.  All the Web sites desribing the Rufous Scrub Bird described my sighting perfectly; preferred habitat; call, appearance & behaviour.   I'm now convinced my initial identification was correct. 

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