Re: birding-aus status of certain spp on Atherton T'lands

To: John Leonard <>,
Subject: Re: birding-aus status of certain spp on Atherton T'lands
From: David James <>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 19:28:34 +1000
>Would I be right in thinking that the following are very uncommon and local
>in this area?

Bassian Thrush
the form on the ATs is an endemic wet tropics form currently considered to
be Zothera lunulata subspecies cuneata, following the taxonomy of Julian
Ford. It does seem to be farily uncommon, but it is incredibly shy and
cryptic and occurs only in rainforest at high altitudes which does mean
that it is localised. In my expereience it doesn't call much. i suspect
that it is mist netted more often than recorded by birders. In the southern
Wet Tropics at least Russet-tailed Thrush is more easily encountered,
though whether that makes it more common I'm not game to say. 

Satin Bowerbird
In the wet tropics is probably less common than it is in moist forests in
SE Aus but it is never the less wide spread in rainforest edges and wet
schlerophyl forest. 

Crimson Rosella & King Parrot
both of these species are reasonably common in my experience, although you
don't trip over them. They are both a bit altitude restricted but occur in
both uplands and highlands. I have once recorded King parrots in lowland
rainforest at Tully. 

The last three species generally inhabit wet schlerophyl forests and
rainforest edges. Wet schlerophyl is definately an uncommon and localised
ecosystem in the Wet Tropics. 

David James
PO BOX 5225
Townsville Mail Centre,
Qld 4810, Australia

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