birding-aus Re: Reed-warblers

Subject: birding-aus Re: Reed-warblers
From: "David Geering"<>
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 1999 14:22:11 +1000


I would suggest that you are in the right part of the world to be very
careful with  your reed-warbler ID.  I word with Fred van Gessel might be
warranted as he has experience with reed-warblers in the tropics.  I can
chase up Fred's contact details if you like.

I looked at hundreds of reed-warblers in the hand, very hopefully, in sugar
cane fields near Grafton, on the north coast of NSW.  In the hand its all
in which primary is longest (as long as they aren't moulting).  I can't
recall the precise formula - it might be that 8 is longest in Clamorous and
7 the longest in Oriental.  As I said Fred can help with this.

Then there's always the call which is different (not that I've heard it).
Are there any Darwin birdos out there than can further enlighten us.

David Geering

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