Re: Red Billed Buff Banded Rails at Belmont Common

Subject: Re: Red Billed Buff Banded Rails at Belmont Common
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2004 10:42:17 +1100

Yesterday, down at Belmont Common in Geelong Victoria, i saw two Buff Banded Rails feeding on the road between the two swamps.

Both birds had vivid red bills, with one bird having cream tipped tail feathers, and the other black tipped tail feathers. The bird with the cream tipped tail feathers had a much redder bill than the other one.

I assume that these birds are in breeding plumage, but cant find any mention of these plumages in any field guides.

Anyone know anything about these markings?

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