glossy blacks

To: "'Kim Sterelny'" <>
Subject: glossy blacks
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Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2020 10:00:10 +1000

Hi all,

We saw a small flock of Glossy Blacks down in Pinta Bay (Hawkesbury River) in early March. They hang around the Casuarina Trees down that way.

Love their red tails…….


Kind Regards,


Rod Mackay

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From: Birding-Aus <> On Behalf Of Kim Sterelny
Sent: Tuesday, 28 April 2020 1:39 AM
Subject: [Birding-Aus] glossy blacks


Hi Folks


For anyone in the south coast of NSW area: on the walk to the lighthouse south from Burri Pt Rd, Gorilla Bay, about half a kilometre in, there was a party of about 4 glossy black cockatoos feeding in the casurina/banksia woodland (yesterday). Great birds to see.





Kim Sterelny, School of Philosophy, Research School of the Social Sciences, Australian National University, Acton, 0200, ACT, Australia




In my isolation confinement I have been doing some research on Margaret Menzies who lived in the Jamberoo region of N.S.W. from 1839 till 1860. She was a lover of birds and recorded the birds in the area. Unfortunately her journal has been lost and all that has survived is a two page list. This list has only old common names of birds and a number of these names I am having trouble in identifying. I am hoping that someone out in the birding world may have some Idea on which birds she was referring to. The bird names are listed as;

Swallows, Blue billed or spotted Swallow

Thrushes, Ant or short billed crow, Blue

Flycatchers, White fronted, Black throated, Fantailed

Slander billed Honeyeater

Parrots, Blue, buff and yellow grass, Crimson fronted paroquet, Green beaked paroquet.

Pigeons, Emerald amaranth (she had listed green dove also) she also listed ground hen (she also had lyrebird and brush turkey so I am not sure what a ground hen is. All of the birds were recorded in the Illawarra region. Thanks and good luck in working them out.  Regards Terrill

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