Striated Thornbill distribution

To: "Val Ford" <>
Subject: Striated Thornbill distribution
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2007 11:08:30 +1000
Hi Ricki, 

In contrast to Val's post, i live on the Bellerine Peninsula ( the 
peninsula on the opposite side of Port Philip Bay to the Mornington 
Pensinsula) and Straited Feildwren are fairly common in the right habitat 
adjoining the coast.  Two locations that spring to mind are Swan Bay and 
13th Beach.  Swan Bay is a reasonably sheltered glasswort wetland habitat 
that adjoins Port Philip Bay, however 13th Beach is a coastal dune habitat 
that adjoins the Bass Strait Coast. In both these locations Straited 
Feildwrens are common within 1km of the coast. ( I reckon if you spent 
enough time at 13th beach you might even see one feeding on the beach or 

I think the same would go for many places along the Southern Victorian 
Coast line.  Corner Inlet in Gippsland is another spot that comes to mind, 
and Tasmania would probably have similar occurances(Strahan???) 


"Val Ford" <> 
Sent by: 
16/09/2007 08:05 AM

"'Ricki Coughlan'" <>, <>

RE: [Birding-Aus] Striated Thornbill distribution


Interesting question.  I live at Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula,
Victoria and I don't have records of Striated Thornbills within 3km of
the Bass Strait coast.  All my records of Striated Thornbills near the
sea are at locations on Western Port Bay and not Bass Strait - near a
bay and not a coast. 

Also the habitats are quite different as the eucalypt woodland of the
Western Port Bay sites is not present along the Bass Strait coast.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Ricki Coughlan
Sent: Saturday, 15 September 2007 6:46 PM
To: birdingaus aus
Subject: Striated Thornbill distribution

Hi all

I'm hoping that some of you can help me out. I'm interested in 
distribution constraints on Striated Thornbills. I've a number of 
theories to test, but in the first instance, I'm interested in 
distribution alone.

Striated Thornbills are quite abundant in forests/woodlands on the 
ranges and "coast" from South Australia to south east Queensland, but 
how close to the coast are they found? Does anybody on the list have 
records of Striated Thornbills within: 3 kilometres of the coast? 2 
kms of the coast? 1 km of the coast? or less than 1 km from the coast?

I'm looking for signs that these birds carve out a life for 
themselves very close to the coast. I cannot recall one time that I 
have seen even a lone, stray, Striated Thornbill within 3 or 4 kms of 
the sea.

I got several family groups raising fledgelings yesterday at 
Ingleside on the northern beaches of Sydney. This would be 4.5 kms 
from the coast as the thornbill flys, but it is also quite elevated, 
being on a high plateau, so conditions were not as "coastal" as down 
on the northern peninsula. On the south side of Sydney, near Kirrawee/ 
Grays Point, I've also got several families building nests and 
another nearby group of families each raising fledglings. The site is 
fairly close to water, but is not "on the coast". i.e. it's quite 
elevated compared to Cronulla or Bundeena.

Breeding observations would be considered the most robust evidence, 
regular sightings would be considered next most compelling and single 
birds or one-off observations not nearly so exciting.


Ricki Coughlan


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