Superb Fruit-dove in Sydney

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Subject: Superb Fruit-dove in Sydney
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Date: Sun, 27 Jun 2004 21:50:44 +1000
Hi all,
While doing a Cumberland Bird Observers Club Survey of my local Bushland, Sheldon forest, yesterday(Saturday 26th of June)  I was walking the Sheldon Forest walking track from Warragal road, Turramurra when I got to a section of the track where there is a big clump of reeds growing out of the creek and  about half a dozen immature, fruiting privet trees.
I heard a strange whistling of wings sound coming from above me, in one of the privet trees and I looked up to see a small green bird perching on a branch.
It was reasonably small with a grey-white underside which extended up to the throat, a yellow eye, but most conspicous it had a purple spot on the crown of its head.
It was a female Superb Fruit-dove!
I verified this when I looked in my feild guides females lack the band across the chest and the lilac cap that the males have.
The bird seemed to be feeding on the Privet Berries of which there were plenty of.
The superb then flew off but about a minute later a Brown Cuckoo-Dove appeared and then another two Brown Cuckoo-Doves which also started feeding on the berries.
 After having no luck finding the superb I set off, finding all the local bushland birds including:
Brown Thornbill,Striated Thornbill,White-browed Scrubwren,Variegated Fairy-wren,Eastern Yellow-robin,Golden Whistler,White-throated Treecreeper,Yellow-faced Honey-eater,Spotted pardalote,Brown Gerygone.
Kurtis Lindsay
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