Re: Buff-rumped Thornbill

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Subject: Re: Buff-rumped Thornbill
From: Julie Clark <>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 06:26:05 +0000
Hi Everyone,

Thanks to those who responded to my email regarding the unusual looking thornbill.

As others expressed an interest,  I thought I'd share the explanation which came from several sources .....

Buff-rumped thornbills apparently have dark feather bases. ..."So, if for whatever reason, such as the bird was moulting or had had an accident with a predator or for some such reason had lost some feathers across its chest, then a band of dark bases below the lost feathers could  indeed be exposed and would look like that."

It's always good to get an explanation for something unexpected.


On Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 10:20 PM, Julie Clark <> wrote:
Hi Everyone,

I saw this buff-rumped thornbill at Mulligan's today but don't know why it has a band  of dark feathers across the front.

Photos are heavily cropped and very poor, but you can see the area I'm referring to.

Can anyone tell me what's going on with this bird?

Many thanks


Julie Clark

Julie Clark
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