Just to put my tuppence worth about Red-rumped/Striated Swallows I have seen
plenty of Red-rumped in Europe and India but the few Striated that I came across
in Java about a decade ago seemed much larger animals with a slower more relaxed
flight-action and quite different calls. Hopefully one day I will catch up with
th N Qld ones and be able to compare. Hope someone finds this useful.
jon wren wrote:
> Gooday Bob,
> I have the article in front of me "Swift action" by David Andrew, that
> appeared in "Australian Birding Magazine" Vol 2 No. 3 Spring 1995 page 7-14.
> It contains info and tail diagrams for the following species
> Glossy Swiftlet, Christmas Is. race and New Guinea race.
> White rumped Swiftlet.
> Uniform Swiftlet and close species that may prove inseperable in the field.
> White throated Needletail.
> Papuan Spinetail.
> Fork tailed Swift.
> Common Swift.
> House Swift.
> This may have been the article that you were thinking about. I observed what
> I thought to be at the time Red-rumped Swallows at Kamma Pine Creek Road,
> South of Cairns. There were at least 20 or so birds from memory perched on
> the stay wires of the ABC radio transmitter. At the time I never considered
> Striated Swallow as I was totally unaware that this was a closely related
> species that could be confused in the field.
> >Incidentally, I have a recollection of an article, possibly in a
> >news-letter or journal from one of the clubs/associations, giving a
> >description of diagnostic points (with drawings) in the patterns on tails
> >of various swallows likely to be seen in Australia. It was a few years ago
> >and possibly covered Welcome, Barn and Pacific but I have been unable to
> >locate it in my collection. Does anyone have any knowledge of that article?
> Jon Wren
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