Re: Red Rumped Swallows

Subject: Re: Red Rumped Swallows
From: (Tony Palliser)
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 1996 22:01:12 +1100
re Red-rumped Swallows 
I believe this species is officially on the Australian list as H.daurica 
because at the time of the original record this species was lumped with 
Striolata. Technically I suspect this species should now be removed from 
the Australian list because of all the sightings (including some of my own 
findings) have not been specifically identified to subspecific and now 
specific level. 
Coates suggests in his book that the birds that reach PNG and Northern 
Australia could be H. striolata extending their range as they are resident as 
close as the Philippines.  Although general consensus locally is that our birds 
are over shooting migratory H.daurica, probably from Asia passing over the 
top of the resident population rather like the Little Ringed Plovers? 
Identification of the birds that reach Australia still remains a major problem 
Particularly the wintering scruffy individuals that we get. I have yet to read 
anything that points to a single daignostic feature that can be used to 
identify birds in this plumage.      

Can anyone provide a reference to help resolve this?
Best Regards

>I thought it was Red-rumps and not Striated which occurred in Australia as 
>Striateds are non-migratory and Red-rumps are strongly migratory. Is this true 
>Phil Hansbro


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