not birds ...Googong grasshopper query

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Subject: not birds ...Googong grasshopper query
From: Harvey Perkins <>
Date: Sun, 5 Jan 2014 21:21:41 +1100
I agree with Steve that it is a Yellow-winged grasshopper (or locust) Gastrimargus musicus. There were lots of them at Uriarra Crossing yesterday too, sufficient that I included a brief comment about them in just my second posting on my brand new blog which ended up being more about insects than the birds I was looking for.



On 5 January 2014 16:35, Steve Holliday <m("","pruesteve");" target="_blank">> wrote:

Hi Robin


Looks like Yellow-winged Locust (Gastrimargus musicus), see


A widespread and common species in eastern and northern Australia. They occasionally occur in plague numbers – this might be a big season for them. They also come in a brown morph.




From: Robin Hide [
Sent: Sunday, 5 January 2014 3:20 PM
To: Canberra Birds
Subject: [canberrabirds] not birds ...Googong grasshopper query


Yesterday walking along the grassy western foreshore at the northern end of Googong every step saw tens/hundreds of these grasshoppers (about 30-40 mm in length) take dramatically to the air, with a few flying into ones face etc.

Any suggestions re identification?



Few birds seen - Pipits, White-faced Herons, and on the water, coots and a few  gulls.


Robin Hide

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