Pale-headed Rosellas in northern NSW

To: John Leonard <>
Subject: Pale-headed Rosellas in northern NSW
From: Alan McBride <>
Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2006 21:02:36 +1000
When in doubt on ranges refer to the old Pizzey (& Doyle).

The old Pizzey states:

"... from Cape York Pen. Q south to Clarence River and Woolgoolga, NSW...... and inland to about Bourke, Walgett".

He notes this race as palliceps extends to northern NSW (as above) and starts around Longreach - Richmond, Qld.

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On 04 Jul 2006, at 20:53, John Leonard wrote:

This is very interesting, and it is notable that despite a reputable
reference text (Morris, McGill & Holmes 1981"Handlist of Birds in NSW" as below), Pizzey and Knight and Simpson and Day have PHRs extending only to
the Qld border with no extension into NSW inland, and Slater has a map
showing (incorrectly) that Easterns and PHRs intergrade extensively into SE
Qld, again with no inland southern extension into NSW.

What does the map in Morecomb show?

John Leonard

On 7/3/06, alan morris <> wrote:

Hi Birders,

John Leonard raised the question about PH Rosella distribution in NSW,

The distribution remains as previously stated(Morris, McGill & Holmes 1981
"Handlist of Birds IN NSW")

"Moderately common. Resident. Eggs Sep-Dec.
Northern Rivers and Tablelands, North-west Slope and Plain, Central West
Plain and Upper Western.
South to Tweed River, lower Mole River,Inverell, Gunnedah, Pilliga,
and Bourke; West to Warrego River. Irregular visitor south to Richmond
and Warrumbungle Range.

During my trip to Burren Junction on 29/6/06 we saw a pair near the wheat silos and earlier in the month with Alan McBride, saw a pair at Ashford,
north of Inverell. They are moderately common around Moree. Eastern
are however quite common around Narrabri and Warialda, and  across to
Inverell and up to the Queensland border.

Alan Morris

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