Pied Butcherbirds and Great Knot Distribution in NSW

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Subject: Pied Butcherbirds and Great Knot Distribution in NSW
From: "alan morris" <>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2008 15:47:53 +1100
Hi Birders,
Arwen Ximedes asks about the distribution in NSW of the above two birds.
In NSW the Striped Honeyeater, White-breasted Woodswallow and Pied Butcherbird, all have a distribution that includes inland NSW, and along the Coast extending as far south as the Hawkesbury River, and then the distribution avoids the Hawkesbury sandstone Region, by extending west up the Hunter Valley and then southwards but keeping west of the sandstone regions of the Great Divide. In more recent times, the White-breasted Woodswallow has extended its range to include some coastal areas south of the Hawkesbury River (viz Pittwater, Hawkesbury Marshes and some Illawarra and South Coast coastal areas), while the Pied Butcherbird may penetrate into the South Coast via the Bega Valley. Pied Butcherbirds occur around Port Stephens and are not unsual.

Great Knots like most migratory waders, migrate up and down the NSW Coast and can be expected to occur in Port Stephens. They are however more regular at the Clarence, Hunter and Shoalhaven estuaries.

Alan Morris

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