Pale-headed Rosellas near Warren NSW

Subject: Pale-headed Rosellas near Warren NSW
From: Ricki Coughlan <>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2009 03:28:54 +1000
I'm just back from a trip to central NSW where I was on a bit of a study tour of the Macquarie Marshes.

Whilst there I observed a family group of Pale-headed Rosellas in the northern marshes area. The person who owned the property remarked that these birds are not too uncommon on the property. I would have thought that this is well south of what is considered their regular range. Past trips to the region have never yielded Chestnut-crowned Babblers, but this time I found a patch where quite a number of families were present.

Also of some interest was a Double-banded Plover on a dam near Nevertire (just south of Nyngan). Whilst aware that this is not a unique observation, it's probably not such a common sight that far inland either.

There's been a bit of rain in those parts of late, which appears to have given a significant boost to the diversity and abundance. I have never seen so many Cockatiel, Eastern Rosellas and Superb Parrots in that locality as I did this week and noted that the White-winged Fairy- wrens were in full breeding swing.

Happy birding

Ricki Coughlan



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