Beautiful Firetail & Common Myna on King Island, Tas

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Subject: Beautiful Firetail & Common Myna on King Island, Tas
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2013 20:11:02 +1100
G'day all,

I have today returned to Cairns after a fantastic Southern Ocean & Bass Strait 
yachting trip with Simon Mustoe from 5/02-10/02/13.

I will let Simon post details of this trip onto this list at a later date, but 
I will say now that we did record 2 interesting species on King island on 

The first was a 100% definite Beautiful Firetail on the track down to the 
Calcified Forest in the Seal Rocks Reserve in the far south-west corner of the 
island. We did not see the bird, but we are in no doubt whatsoever that this 
species was what we heard very closeby (approx 10metres away), calling for at 
least 5 minutes. Another bird was heard a little distant from here as well at 
the same time. Both Simon & I are extremely familiar with this bird & it's 
calls - however in HANZAB it is stated that Beautiful Firetail does not occur 
on King Island.
...well, it does now!!

The other record was of less significance, but still of some interest... a 
single Common Myna was seen briefly in the township of Currie on the west coast 
of the island - HANZAB doesn't state any records of this species on the island, 
although it does mention the odd record in northern Tasmania.

I'm not sure how extensively the thicket areas of the Seal Bay area have been 
surveyed, but it does appear that the Beautiful Firetail has been overlooked in 
the past as occuring there.

Does any one else here on the list have any records of either species from King 

Cheers for now,

Martin Cachard

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