Re: Thornbill ID

To: "Vin" <>, <>
Subject: Re: Thornbill ID
From: "Mules, Michael" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2004 08:02:01 +1100
Wouldn't they be more likely Brown Thornbill (or inland, depending where
you are), as they can have both a deep rufous-brown rump and a rufous
forehead (depending on the individual bird)?  Buff-rumped is nothing
like chestnut-rumped; the rump colours are very different.

Cheers, Mike

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Vin
Sent: Tuesday, 9 November 2004 3:34 PM
To: birding-aus
Subject: Re: Thornbill ID

 ---  wrote:
> I saw an interesting  thornbill on the weekend which had markings that

> i
> couldn't identify from the field guide.
> It had a rich bright chestnut rump (as chestnut-rumped thornbill), but
> marking that made it look odd was a similarly coloured chestnut
> and crown.
> Simpson and Day list the forehead on chestnut rumped thornbills as
> brown.
> Does anyone familiar with chestnut rumped thornbills, know whether
> crown/forehead can appear chestnut, or whether this is maybe a
> marking?

Hi Peter,

I saw birds earlier this year which I belived to have been chestnut
rumped, but I ended up ruling them to be Buff-rump because of the
chestnut (I'd say more rufous) forehead on them. I definitely recall a
chestnut rump of those birds as well. Could your birds have been


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