Re: Identity of Scaly/White's Thrush in Lamington National Park

Subject: Re: Identity of Scaly/White's Thrush in Lamington National Park
Date: Tue, 03 Mar 1998 21:55:15 -0500 (EST)
> My field notes state: "Rufous rump, not much scaling, white on tail tip 
>  extends up outer tail feathers, no pale eye ring".
> From Simpson and Day (First Edition) this sounds like a description of 
>  the race heinei yet on range I guess it should have been lunulata.
> Can anyone help out with a definitive view ?  What are the 

My understanding of the situation is that just around O'Reilleys, most of 
the thrushes are heinei, whereas lunulata is more common in some of the 
higher parts of the range, though it can also be seen on the road out from 

Though the description above sounds like heinei, I would caution that ID of 
these birds is quite subtle. It is very helpful to visit your local museum 
and directly compare specimens to see just how the pattern of the uppertail 
coverts differs. Songs separate them very easily. I think most would agree 
that they are very good species, with the two distinct song types widely 

Chris Corben
PO Box 2323
Rohnert Park, CA, 94927-2323

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