bassian thrush

To: "birdingaus" <>
Subject: bassian thrush
From: "kbrandwood" <>
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2006 16:21:09 +1000
Hi All, Greg,  Two years ago I recorded Russett -tailed Thrush in the Palmdale 
area and it surprised me just how reddish brown it was compared to the 6 or 7 
Bassian we saw that day. The field guides mostly say difficult to tell apart 
and do not appear to consider the plumage colour as a significant 
identification point. I spoke to Walter Boles curator of birds at the Museum 
here in Sydney in regards to the difference in colour between the two species , 
and he said it was quiet noticeable. The colour of the Palmdale bird was so 
much rustier I thought it must be a juv but according to HANZAB the juv are 
more or less inseparable in the field. Could anyone else indicate their 
impression of how much more rustier they find the Russet-tailed.

keith b the beautiful Hawkesbury 60km N/W of Sydney

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