Cranes at Hasties and Fantail at Brown River

To: Peter Ewin <>
Subject: Cranes at Hasties and Fantail at Brown River
From: Steve <>
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:11:35 +1000
G'day Peter

HBW Alive ( reports that the Chestnut-bellied Fantail inhabits:

"Hill forest to c. 1370 m, locally to 1750 m; also in lowlands in vicinity of 
hills and locally in upper and lower Trans-Fly region. Replaced at higher 
elevations by R. albolimbata".

They also say "At R Brown (SE New Guinea), estimated foraging substrates were 
branches 70%, leaves 14%, aerial 15%, trunks 1%."  That would be where you were 
I suspect.

They also say "Occurs in Varirata National Park" which is not far from Port 
Moresby but I don't know the altitude.

For Friendly Fantail they say "Found mainly at 1370–3600 m, including above 
timber-line; on occasion as low as 1130 m.  Replaces R. hyperythra above c. 
1380 m."


On 31/07/2013, at 8:13 PM, Peter Ewin <> wrote:

> Evening all,
> Just back from an eight day trip to PNG with a couple of days in Cairns (trip 
> report to follow) - had a great time, though birding is ridiculously 
> difficult.
> A couple of questions about a couple of IDs.
> We visited Hasties Swamp near Atherton on Monday and cranes could be heard on 
> the private land behind the swamp, but could only be vieiwed (without a 
> scope) from the road over the hill. It is probably a long shot but does 
> anyone have a potential ID on these - my thoughts are Sarus, based on 
> location (and comments in Weineke) but any local knowledge would be 
> appreciated (if both likely then I will have to leave as unknown)
> The other concerned a fantail seen at Brown River near Port Moresby. We were 
> looking at a group of birds in lowland swamp forest west of Brown River with 
> our guide Daniel Wakra, Black Thicket and Northern Fantails were present but 
> another fantail was also there, which Daniel called as a Friendly Fantail. It 
> wasn't until I got back that evening that I looked at guides and this would 
> appear to be an exceptionally low altitude for this species. The bird 
> certainly looked like the picture in Beehler et al. and behaved much more 
> like a typical fantail (i.e. certainly not like a Northern with much tail 
> fanning and movement) and there were was no rufous present (the thought was 
> possible juvenile Chestnut-bellied but this would also appear to be too high 
> as well). The problem is no other species seems to occur at this altitude and 
> so I was wondering if anyone has any experience with this or other species of 
> Fantails in this are/habitat.
> Cheers,
> Peter
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