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Red-necked Crake etc.
Phil & Sue Gregory <>
Wed, 4 Nov 2009 08:27:49 +1000
Good news for us here at Cassowary House in Kuranda, Far North
Queensland ( GPS available.....) is that the Red-necked Crakes have at
least one and probably several babies. This is quite early and also
quite surprising as it's been so dry here for some months, the little
bit of rain we got in the week is nowhere near enough yet; the crakes
seem to like the wet season proper and Dec-Jan is a peak for breeding
here, usually with 3 babies and sometimes a double brood.
The male and female Cassowaries are daily visitors, we still wonder if
another breeding attempt might be on the cards, but the male is very
wary of the female so probably not.
Noisy Pitta began calling Oct 11, but is still sporadic, we need more
rain to spark them up.
White-eared and Pied Monarchs are very vocal, ditto Black-faced, but
this year (quite unlike last when they were very noisy) Superb Fruit
Dove is virtually silent .
Cicadabird is singing well, the rain forest whistling form of course,
and this is a call I've never heard in PNG, where the birds vocalize
with a raspy call more like souther Cicadabirds- this whole complex
badly needs unravelling to see how many species are hidden therein.
Lesser Sooty Owl (one species or 3 in the Sooty Owl group? Depends how
you want to interpret the data....) has been calling a bit but has
really ben very quiet for months, just odd vocals from time to time.
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