What is the Port Jackson Thrush?

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Subject: What is the Port Jackson Thrush?
From: "Peter Marsh" <>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2009 21:57:02 +1100
Dear Birders.

BASNA , of which I am chair, has received a request for assistance in providing 
current common and scientific names for a variety of birds mentioned and 
illustrated in the journal of John White, the first Surgeon-General of the 
colony of NSW. Many of these are quite straightforward however I am having a 
"senior moment" with one species named as the Port Jackson Thrush and described 
thus :-
"The Port Jackson thrush, of which a plate is annexed, inhabits the 
neighbourhood of Port Jackson. The top of the head in this species is 
blueish-grey; from thence down the hind part of the neck and the back the 
colour is a fine chocolate brown; the wings and tail are lead colour, the edges 
of the feathers pale; the tail itself pretty long, and even at the end; all the 
under parts from chin to vent are dusky-white, except the middle of the neck, 
just above the breast, which inclines to chocolate. The bill is of a dull 
yellow; legs brown. "

The illustration of this bird may be seen at

I am sure it is onvious but any suggestions would be very welcome!

The journal is most interesting introducing the reader to such enticing species 
as the Great Brown King's Fisher (Laughing Kookaburra); Anomalous Hornbill 
(White-winged Chough) and Crested Goatsucker (Owlet Nightjar).

Peter Marsh

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