Red-capped and Scarlet Robins

Subject: Red-capped and Scarlet Robins
Date: Fri, 11 May 2001 08:23:07 +1100

Hi all,

In response to Steve Clark and Laurie Living's comments on Scarlet and
Red-capped Robins, I too have noticed on occasions some interspecific battles
between the two where they occur in the same area.  Actually, the last time I
witnessed this (late March this year) was in the Kimbolton State Forest near
Lake Eppalock south of Bendigo (where Laurie reported them over Easter).  There
was a gathering of 12 Red-capped Robins (mixture of adult males and females, as
well as juvenile birds) with a group of arounf 8 Scarlets (all adult males and
females).  Adult males of both species were really vocal and actively chased
each other around.  Males would actually make physical contact with each other -
unusual considering breeding is now over?

Red-capped and Scarlet robins occur together in only a few places that I know
of.  Many of those are around Bendigo in box-ironbark forest (Kimbolton State
Forest, Pilcher's Bridge FFR,Kamarooka State Park, Whipstick State Park), and
also along the Murray River in Red Gum, Black Box and Grey Box woodlands (ie.
Gunbower Island State Forest, Barmah Forest, Lower Ovens Regional Park).  Lower
Ovens particularly has a fantastic list of robins.  I have seen Rose, Flame,
Eastern Yellow, Red-capped and Scarlet, and I would think that wintering Pink
Robins may even occur there, moving down the Ovens or Murray Rivers.  I have
also seen Hooded Robin in nearby Callitris woodland but not ever in Lower Ovens

Chris Tzaros

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