Grey-fronted or Yellow-tinted HE, Cape York

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Subject: Grey-fronted or Yellow-tinted HE, Cape York
From: Chris Gregory <>
Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2009 00:01:28 +1100
Apologies. Previous email on this subject sent prematurely. Too much cutting
and pasting! Should read

Many thanks to all those who replied on and off list. Consensus was
unanimous - Yellow-tinted Honeyeater. Comments (hopefully not out of
context) included

- Very similar to young Fuscous with which it has been lumped in the past.

- Saw two Yellow-tinted HE's in the Musgrave area a couple of years ago and
the distribution map of Pizzey & Knight shows that they occur up to the
Mitchell River on Cape York.

- The pale bill base indicating non-breeding status. Yellow Tinted
distribution reaches onto the Cape across to the Lakefield area. The habitat
photo looks very unsuitable for Grey-fronted but fine for Yellow Tinted.

My original posting was by way of comment on Tim Dolby's request for
thoughts regarding a possible Grey-fronted Honeyeater sighting in the area
around Musgrave, Cape York, and a request for other possible sightings in
the area.

Maybe this helps.

Chris Gregory

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