RFI identifying thornbills (se Australia)

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Subject: RFI identifying thornbills (se Australia)
From: "Mules, Michael" <>
Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2007 11:11:59 +1100
 Hi Martin,  my quick 'n' dirty guide to Brown v. Striated Thornbill is:
If it's round, it's brown, if it's sharp, it's striated.  Mostly because
on a first impression, the striations on the head of the ST give it a
"pointy", narrower look; and the BT looks as though it has a more boofy
head.  I'd also agree with Steve on Browns being mostly in lower storey
growth (although I sometimes see them well up into the canopy), and ST
being more of an upper storey dweller.

Michael Mules

Carey Baptist Grammar School
Kew Campus
349 Barkers Road Kew Victoria Australia 3101

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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
- 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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