RFI identifying thornbills (se Australia)

Subject: RFI identifying thornbills (se Australia)
Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2007 09:19:04 +1100
A question for list members.

I have a colleague who's fortunate to live in the wooded hills east of 
Melbourne and is trying to learn her bush birds, in particular the 

What are people's advice on how to quickly identify the following species, 
keeping in mind my colleague is a non-birdo (but a botanist).

Striated Thornbill
Brown Thornbill
Buff-rumped Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill

I'm looking for a 'table of features' or something similar that would have 
- foraging behaviour
- foraging habitat/height
- distinctive features of each species (call, eye colour...)

Does anyone remember whether the Birds Australia magazine (Wingspan) 
featured the thornbills?

The area concerned is tall forest near Mt Dandenong and the most common 
species of thornbill is probably the Brown I suspect.

Keen to hear list members thoughts.

Martin O'Brien
Wildlife Biologist - Threatened Species & Communities Section
Department of Sustainability and Environment
2/8 Nicholson St.,
East Melbourne  3002



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