To Migrate or Not to Migrate

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Subject: To Migrate or Not to Migrate
From: Sue & Phil Gregory <>
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2006 08:58:31 +1000
Hi Greg, Peter and Laurie,
Interesting comments, migration here is very different to that in the northern hemisphere (excluding shorebirds!), and more like the tropical African situation with all sorts of poorly known movements going on. I was interested in the Noisy Pitta particularly, as this is often quoted as a migrant to PNG, but I think there is very little evidence for this, beyond a few records on Torres Strait Islands perhaps. I know of no PNG records away from the Trans-Fly, where it seems to be a resident, whereas with both Hooded and Red-bellied pittas we have all sorts of winter records away from the regular spots. Here at Kuranda Noisy Pittas begin calling again this month, and cease about March, though we have had odd winter month records which may or may not be the local birds.
Phil Gregory
On 02/09/2006, at 8:24 AM, Greg wrote:

Hi Peter,

There have been ten Noisy Pittas banded at Iluka Nature Reserve, North Cost NSW between 1980 and 1998. One was a juvenile in heavy moult, three were immatures with adult type plumage but with pink gapes, one had a grey fleshy gape (? immature), three were considered to be adults and two age not determined.

They were banded between 07 April and 24 August. It is presumed that they are altitudinal migrants but no one really knows.

Greg Clancy

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