DW-s Migration & Diamond Firetails

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Subject: DW-s Migration & Diamond Firetails
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009 20:58:14 +1000
Thanks for taking the effort to obtain that. Interesting. It doesn't of itself, suggest migration, any more than dispersal. So could be either. In absence of proof, I still favour the latter idea. If it is migration, it could be moving to a colder place in the winter.
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Subject: [canberrabirds] DW-s Migration & Diamond FiretailsRe: [canberrabirds [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

The following is the longest distance record for a Diamond Firetail. Source: Dept Environment, Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme.

Band 02561022, banded in October 1997 at WARRADERRY STATE FOREST, NSW (-33 deg 44 min, 148 deg 11 min). Recovered after 3 years 6.7 months at MICHELAGO, NSW (-35 deg 43 min, 149 deg 10 min) in May 2001 after moving 238 km. Recovery method: COLLIDED WITH A WINDOW


I am confident that the Dusky Woodswallow is a migrant, even if only a
partial migrant (that is not all depart). However rumours about the
Diamond Firetails being migratory surprise me. I would suggest they are
not. I think all the evidence suggests they are not. I don't know that
any of our finches are migrants. However they are dispersers and
clumpers, depending on changing food and water supply and the changing
social calendar through the year. I wrote I think last year of seeing a
large flock of them at Castle Hill. About 30 minutes later, I couldn't
find any. That is enough to show that impressions easily made can easily
be wrong.

And thanks also to Geoff for his comments on mine about the DWS.

Philip Veerman
24 Castley Circuit
Kambah  ACT  2902

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