Roosting behaviour of bowerbirds and birds of Paradise

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Subject: Roosting behaviour of bowerbirds and birds of Paradise
From: Phil Gregory <>
Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2017 22:53:29 +0000
My thanks to those who responded with information about roosting and predation 
on bowerbirds and birds of paradise, I got several useful sightings for roosts 
of Satin Bowerbirds, but nothing for birds of paradise and no instances of 
direct predation, which just goes to show how both subjects are remarkably 
little known.
Any further sightings are welcome, and also another obscure query- what is the 
maximum altitude for Paradise Riflebird? How high do they get in the Green Mts 
for instance, I presume they get towards Bithongabel but I don’t have any 
precise figure and it is not in any of the Frith titles or HANZAB.
I have it like this at present in the draft account, but I suspect the1100 m 
upper limit may be too low:
This species is unique in being the sole non-tropical representative of the 
family, endemic to the eastern coast of Australia from the Calliope Range south 
of Rockhampton, Queensland to just north of Newcastle, NSW in the Great 
Dividing Range and some lowlands to the east. The southern limit is the 
northern Hunter Valley near Barrington Tops.

Occurs occasionally down to sea level in winter, when some Australian species 
of the higher altitudes have local dispersals to lower lying areas, and also in 
surviving patches of lowland rainforest. Generally this species is most 
numerous above 500 m, extending up to about 1100 m.

Thanks once again
Phil Gregory

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