Striated and Yellow Thornbills

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Subject: Striated and Yellow Thornbills
From: "Mules, Michael" <>
Date: Thu, 5 May 2005 10:39:58 +1000
Hi Steve, everyone else,
It depends on where you're looking, I suppose.  Down in Sth Gippsland, where I've done most of my watching, Yellow Thornbills are few and far between, and we had a couple of local sites only where we would find them.  Striated Thornbills I saw most days.
In Melbourne, it depends on what reserve/park I'm visiting; for instance I often get Yellow Thornbills in Darebin Parklands, but Striateds at Chelsworth Park.  In past visits to inland and northern Victoria, Yellow Thornbills, while uncommon, have been regular finds.
I tend to (but not backed up by any hard data) associate Striated Thornbills with wetter, or riparian canopy, and Yellow Thornbills with more open or dry woodland canopy. 
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G'day all

As we have just seen, these species can be difficult to separate in the field - especially if you don't know their calls.  I reckon many Yellow Thornbill records are really Striated Thornbills (or even Buff-rumped Thornbills).

I've only seen Yellow Thornbills on a handful of occasions in Victoria.  My sightings database goes back to 1985 and I have only 7 records of YTs but 125 of STs.

I'd be interested in the comments and experiences of others.



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