Regent Bowerbird

To: "Peter Adderley" <>, <>
Subject: Regent Bowerbird
From: "Greg & Val Clancy" <>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2009 10:31:13 +1000
Hi Peter,

Back in the early 1970s I carried out bird banding studies at Tumbi Umbi and the Ridgeway. It is, sadly, now mostly housing. The late Bill Lane operated the banding station and there were frequent visits from the 'Canberra mob' (Barry Baker, Mark Clayton etc.) who operated with Steve Wilson in the Brindabellas.

It was at Tumbi Umbi that I first met the Regent Bowerbirds. They were in good numbers with a local reporting a large flock of males (40 or so I think). Satin Bowerbirds and Green Catbirds were also banded there and it was also where I banded my first Lewin's Rail. It was a juvenile and as the field guides didn't illustrate young rails its ID took a little working out.

According to HANZAB the southern limit of the Regent Bowerbird is Cattai, with occasional records further south to Bega.


Greg Clancy

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