Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike migration

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Subject: Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike migration
From: "Jo Wieneke" <>
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2005 17:57:26 +1000
Hello all,
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes are around Townsville NQ all year, usually in non-breeding flocks during winter, as are Bee-eaters and Drongos.whether these are the same birds all year round or if they are from southern Australia and our summer birds go to PNG is anyone's guess.
The only study of birds and migration across Torres Strait (Emu 83 Draffan et al) reports that nomadic flocks of both adults and immatures are present during the dry season on all major islands. Flock sizes are generally 20-30. Although large numbers arrive in PNG during the dry season their numerical importance is confused by local movements. As large movements have not been observed in the Strait, birds reaching PNG must cross the Coral Sea or at a high altitude.
Jo Wieneke
Jo Wieneke
22 Bishop Street
Belgian Gardens
Ph: (07) 4771 4707
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