Pulletop and Red-lored Whistlers

Subject: Pulletop and Red-lored Whistlers
From: Graeme Chapman <>
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 16:38:13 +1100
Hello Carl

Red-lored Whistlers were first reported in NSW at Pulletop by Richard Schodde 
and me back in 1964 - its all on my website. The nest was in the roadside verge 
(which may not exist any more) from memory about 200 m east of the hut. We 
never saw them within the Nature Reserve although Harry Frith had previously 
seen them there during his research into Mallee Fowl. At that time there was a 
very good Mallee Fowl mound close to the NW corner of the Reserve. I'll bet 
that doesn't exist any more.

They were first found at Round Hill during the 1968 RAOU Campout by Beatrice 
Goldstein from Sydney in the mallee east of Whoey Tank, from memory about a 
kilometre from the area where people are allowed to camp.

The calls are also on my website, both from Pulletop and Round Hill - they do 
differ a bit from material recorded in Victoria and South Australia.

I have never seen or heard a Red-lored Whistler anywhere else in NSW but I do 
believe there are reliable records from over on the SA border north of 
Wentworth. A word of warning, if you do use replay to try to attract a 
Red-lored Whistler, sometimes a Gilbert's will respond and some male Gilbert's 
in NSW are quite ginger coloured on the belly ( see my picture#403204D ). Adult 
male Gilbert's have black lores, but young males don't so there is room for 
confusion. So, in the heat of the moment, always look for the red lores - male 
and female Red-lored are very similar to one another.

Red-lored Whistlers would be nesting right now and all that country out there 
is in superb condition - the best year for many years - Black Honeyeaters (and 
the odd Pied) all over the place, thousands of woodswallows gorging on 
eremophila flowers,
I've never seen so many trillers, but lots of flies and some fairly ornery 

Good luck

Graeme Chapman


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