Painted Honeyeaters

Subject: Painted Honeyeaters
From: "Peter Ewin" <>
Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2001 11:10:56 +1100
I tend to think that Painted Honeyeaters are more obvious in spring, though whether it is because they have moved in or just more obvious on call, I don't know. Most of my sightings are in spring, at various places in the west (Cocoparra, Gundabooka and Weddin Mountains NP). We banded one in September at the last spot, though it was the only one seen/heard over the whole weekend. The time at Cocoparra I was regularly visiting the park, and this was my only record in four years, though on this day they were particularly common, being seen at two locations. I also found one regularly over a summer at Lake Wyangan near Griffith after they were discovered on the Twitchathon weekend in about 1993. Has anyone noticed whether the mistletoe is having a particularly good year, as this seems to be a major factor when they are about.

Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Painted Honeyeaters
Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2001 10:16:03 +1100

Is there a movement of Painted Honeyeaters into NSW at the moment or is it
that people are just in areas where they normally occur?

I am aware of recent reports of Painted Honeyeaters in the Capertee Valley
and Wollar areas.  These are usual sites for them during summer, albeit in
relatively small numbers.

Over the twitchathon weekend Alan Morris found them near Baradine while my
team had birds calling west of Gulargambone.  I think I also recall Mick
Todd mentioning these birds in the Riverina at the moment as well.

Several colleagues of mine from just returned from survey work on the
Culgoa, north-west of Brewarrina.  They report that Painted Honeyeaters
are among the most common birds up there at the moment, being seen or
heard at about half of the stops they made.

As I say, are they in larger numbers in NSW at the moment or is it just a
case of people being in the right place at the right time?



David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 2111
Dubbo  NSW  2830
Ph: 02 6883 5335 or Freecall 1800 621 056
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