Scarlet honeyeaters in Sydney

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Subject: Scarlet honeyeaters in Sydney
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 21:39:05 +1000
I have had Scarlet Honeyeaters throughout the winter in Sydney on a
number of occasions and have noticed this more so when I have learnt
their winter call (a quite thornbill like call "tss...tss")and only in
the last few years. Occasionally the brilliant males also make their
beautiful singing calls from the canopy during the winter (as I have
seen in Londonderry and Castlereagh, western Sydney this winter in
June/July). One of the reasons I would think they become more obvious in
the warmer months is when the males sing more to attract mates and
seeing them often display below the canopy.

I have seen them on a number of occasions in winter in places such as
Prospect Reservoir (and other parts of the Blacktown Shire in western
Sydney) and the Royal NP in Sydney. The Scarlet Honeyeater is one of the
birds featured on several signs welcoming visitors to Blacktown Shire
(an appropriate pick as they are often seen in several places within the
shire and sometimes throughout the year).

However, I do agree they are more common (sometimes "VERY" abundant)in
the Sydney region during the warmer months and usually scarce during the
winter if present. If there is good flowering during the winter of
Eucalypts such as Mugga Ironbark, Forest Red Gums etc they can be
locally common in Sydney in the winter.


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