Re: Over-wintering Red-Bellied Pitta

Subject: Re: Over-wintering Red-Bellied Pitta
From: Michael Todd <>
Date: Fri, 01 Aug 2008 17:00:37 +1000
Hello Tim,

Yes, some Red-bellied Pitta definitely overwinter. When I was up at Iron Range last.... maybe winter 2004, I photographed one. I suspect that they just don't call and so are very hard to see.



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Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2008 13:29:28 +1000
From: "Tim Dolby" <>
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Over-wintering Red-Bellied Pitta
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Cc:  Greg Oakley
        <>,   Stuart Dashper
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Hi all,

I just wanted to get some feedback about over-wintering Red-Bellied
Pitta (also known elsewhere as the Blue-breasted or Macklot's Pitta).

There seems to be mixed suggestions about this. Some people suggest they
don't, while other say they do over-winter in small numbers, going quiet
outside the breeding period (which starts in Australia in October). I
can find a record of RBP in one survey at the Iron Range NP between the
period 18/05/2003 to 3/06/2003, and what may be a late record on

Any ideas? Any recent winter and or spring records?


Tim Dolby



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