Rufous Scrub-bird

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Subject: Rufous Scrub-bird
From: Carl Billingham <>
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2007 18:28:43 -0800 (PST)
I finally managed to get a very brief view of a Rufous Scrub-bird yesterday up 
in Lamington NP (Qld Border Ranges).  It was the first successful sighting 
after numerous trips up there over a number of years.

At one stage I had the male calling within 2m of me but still couldn't see him! 
 It was no where near as loud as the Noisy Scrub-bird (I spent 3 days 
unsuccessfully crawling around on hands and knees listening to its 
ear-splitting calls before finally having one hop across the road in front of 
me at Cheyne Beach just as I was packing up to leave!) 

Anyway back to Lamington NP; I saw a small bird climb onto a log, bob its tail 
up and down 3 or 4 times then drop back down again into the undergrowth.  Based 
on the quick view without binoculars I reckon it was the female as it was 
fairly uniform in colour (I was expecting my first sighting to be of the male). 
 Also I had the male calling strongly from the otherside of a large fallen tree 
about 5m away, the one I saw didn't call.  Pizzey and Knight aludes to this 
behaviour of cocking the tail but no guide I have read discusses this tail 
bobbing.  It was not like a fantail which is more from side to side.  Has 
anybody else noticed this behaviour?
This was the last of the little brown skulkers (Scrub-birds and Bristlebirds) I 
had to track down.  Perhaps next time I will get a glimpse of the male!
On the way back I heard another one calling in similar habitat.  There was also 
one calling in the distance either further down the valley or across the other 


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