SA Shrike-tit status?

Subject: SA Shrike-tit status?
From: "JAPhilip" <>
Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2007 20:23:36 +0930
Steve wrote:
G'day all and particularly our South Australian birders.
I saw two Crested Shrike-tits near Victor Harbour last week.  Would any of
the locals like to comment on the status of Shrike-tits in South

Gary responded:
> Crested shrike tit can be seen in the Mt Lofty Ranges but it is not a
> bird.  Where I used to live in wilmington  near Pt Augusta at the edge of
> its range, I saw it three times in ten years. I have also seen it in a red
> gum forest near Mannum, also on the edge of its range.
> In general in my experience not a common bird in SA

I'm sure that knowledgeable people will reply/comment on this.  But, as a
beginner/amateur, I have seen Crested Shrike-Tits on quite a few BirdsSA
outings. And have heard many reports of them at BirdsSA meetings.
Unfortunately, I haven't seen them myself in the local Adelaide region but
have heard reports (undeniable, I would say) of Crested Shrike-Tits on the
Adelaide Plains near where I live in Marden from my neighbour about three
houses away (identified - not just by me but by a local expert - from her
description of their behaviour and comparison to a china plate she possesses
with picture of a Crested Shrike-Tit!), from a expert person who does counts
locally around the Torrens, and from an expert friend in St Peters.  Perhaps
these birds just hide themselves very well.



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