Orange Chats

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Subject: Orange Chats
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2006 17:39:00 +1000 (EST)

  Following our Orange Chat breeding record at Boggy Ck (E 149 37 9 / S 29 54 
34), between Moree and Narrabri, I have consulted HANZAB and to my surprise I 
have learnt that it has bred as far east as Wee Waa (Vol 5 p1223), which is 
slightly west of Narrabri. However, in the "Anomalies" section, it describes 
large numbers extending east to Coonamble, Wellington and Molong - which are 
all west of Narrabri. Is the anomaly the number of birds or the place where 
they were recorded? Wee Waa, given as a breeding site is east of these 

  According to the Atlas, the bird's distribution ends well to the west of 
Narrabri / Moree and the breeding records within NSW are from the extreme 
south-west corner only, 900km from the breeding site at Boggy Ck. This is 
interesting, especially in the light of Frank Hemmings' bird that was present 
at Maroubra earlier in the year. There are at least 5 birds at Boggy Ck + at 
least on nest.

  I have posted a couple of images at the URL's below. The first image shows 
the habitat that the birds were in - weedy grassland along a heavily grazed TSR 
with scattered Sclerolaena shrubs (which is what the nest was in).

  I'd appreciate any input from anyone who has more experience with these birds 
and their breeding / standard distribution.

  Many thanx,


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