Re: Help required on bird ID; seen in Altona grasslands

To: Nigel Sterpin <>
Subject: Re: Help required on bird ID; seen in Altona grasslands
From: Ocoineoil <>
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 1998 22:36:36 +1100
> 1)      The first I can only describe as looking like a Yellow Rumped 
> Thornbill,
> but to my knowledge they don't occur in grassland/coastal scrub. There were
> several flittering around a patchy grass/scrubby area around the Altona
> Tip, just behind the beach. The birds were spotted above and below the
> eyes. They approximated the size of Goldfinches which were also around.

Yellow-rumped Thornbills are very abundant in most open habitats in
Victoria, so there's no reason at all to discount them at Altona.

> 2)      The second was seen on the fringes of Cheetam Wetlands. It was again a
> small 'finch-sized' bird with an orange face and grey (brown?) back. It was
> in thick grassland (where several Pipit's were) and often sat on the tops
> of grass blades, after concluding its flight over the grass. It made a call
> alot like sucking air through the gaps in your teeth and was punctuated
> with a 'whit'.

That would be Golden-headed Cisticola - good description of the call!

Cheers, Lawrie

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