Re: Cicadabirds

Subject: Re: Cicadabirds
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 95 16:10:31 EST
>Ecological data shows the populations have been separated for a long  
>time.  They look slightly different, and all have somewhat different calls. 
The interesting thing with the Cicadabirds are that they are migratory or  
at least partially migratory. And when considering the diversity of the  
Cicadabirds throughout PNG and Indonesia for example it would not surprise  
me to find out that we are dealing with two species. If they are the same 
species it is even more amazing because it means that we could be dealing 
with a species that calls differently as at moves from one location to the 
The rainforest Cicadabird calls near Cairns seemed very similar to the  
DARWIN birds. So you may appreciate how surprised we were to learn that  
both calls occur almost geographically together.  
Another strange thing is that (from my personal experience} all  
of the Southern Cicadabirds seem to prefer wet or dry sclerephyll forest. 
At least I cannot recall any actually in rainforest. Either way its very  
interesting and would appear rather like the situation we have or had  
with the zoothera's. 

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