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
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.
On 02/09/2006, at 8:24 AM, Greg wrote:
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.