Pulletop NR and Shy Hylacola

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Subject: Pulletop NR and Shy Hylacola
From: Michael Todd <>
Date: Mon, 06 Aug 2001 18:04:06 +1000
Hello all,

On Sunday I conducted a search for the Shy Hylacola as well as some of the other mallee specials that inhabit or once inhabited Pulletop NR which is approximately 60 km north of Griffith in central west NSW. Although the conditions weren't great, gusty winds, I couldn't help leaving the reserve a little pessimistic about their survival here.

The Red-lored Whistler and the Malleefowl have been well documented as having disappeared from the reserve in the past. I'm wondering whether the Southern Scrub-robin and the Shy Hylacola have also disappeared.

I'd love to hear from anyone who has visited Pulletop in the last 20 years and recorded these species, or even to hear from anyone who has visited and not recorded them. While I'm talking about hylacolas I'd love to hear from anyone who has recorded hylacolas in the Upper Riverina area. Shy are supposed to have been recorded in Cocoparra NP NE of Griffith and are at Charcoal Tank NR south of West Wyalong. Chestnut-rumped are at Ingalba NR near Temora. John Hobbs recorded Chestnut-rumped on Square Knob near Leeton. I'm very interested in how the distribution of these two closely related species pans out.


Mick Todd

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Griffith, NSW
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