Sunbirds on the South Coast of New South Wales

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Subject: Sunbirds on the South Coast of New South Wales
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2003 17:45:00 +1100
Hi Birders,
Graham Turner enquired about the possibility of a Yellow-bellied Sunbird on the South Coast of NSW in respect to a possible sighting near Kangaroo Valley. The situation is that there are only 3 records, two of which could relate to the same bird, for NSW.
The first record was for a female Sunbird which nested at Hawksnest in a garden and laid an egg, being present from November 1985 to January 1986, and was seen again at the same place in November 1986. The record was well documented and no male bird was ever seen. At the same time another or possible the same female was seen in a garden at Stroud on 10 December 1985, which is 35 km NW of Hawkesnest, both locations in the Hunter Region.
From 24 November to 7 December 2000, another female Sunbird was seen in a garden 15 km SW of Macksville, which is located in the NSW North Coast Region.The normal distribution of the Sunbird in Australia is the North-e4ast Coast of Queensland, south to about Rockhampton, which is a long way north of three locations.
While anything can happen with birds, my suggestion is that the bird seen could be a female or immature Scarlet Honeyeater
Alan Morris
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