Re: Spangled Drongos
Fri, 14 Jul 2006 14:44:22 +1000
The Spangled Drongo is indeed an very interesting, and intelligent bird. It
is, as far as I know, the only bird species that has some populations migrating
north in the winter and others migrating south in the same season. It is known
to cross Torres Strait while other birds can turn up as far south as Victoria.
Its southern breeding distribution is the mid-north coast but the year long
records in the Hunter beg the question of whether this is too conservative or
whether global warming is expanding the breeding range south. Confirmed
breeding in the Hunter would be interesting.
Despite the long movements these birds are known to make my old record of a
bird banded at South Grafton being recovered at Coffs Harbour (North Coast NSW)
82 km away, is still the longest movement recorded for the species.
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