RFI: Hall's Babbler at their southern distributional limit

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Subject: RFI: Hall's Babbler at their southern distributional limit
From: Dean Portelli <>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2010 15:04:50 +1100
Hi All, As you may be aware from previous posts requesting records of Hall's 
Babbler sightings, I am studying this species for my PhD. I'd like once more to 
put out a query to the birding community about this species - in particular 
records of the species in NSW.  A single record was submitted to the BA Atlas 
from Mt Hope Road next to Yathong and Nombinnie Nature Reserves (32.85667S, 
145.92444E). This is the southerly most record for Hall's Babbler (although it 
was not accepted by the Birds Australia atlas). The record is isolated from all 
other records of Hall's Babbler, the nearest records being in the vicinity of 
Cobar (further to the north (<150km to the West and WSW of Cobar). These Cobar 
records are also isolated from other records. However, the records from 
Mutawintji National Park, which have been confirmed as Hall's Babbler, are 
similarly isolated.
 So I'm very interested in hearing from anyone with any experience of Hall's 
Babblers in this area of NSW? If so, I'd love to hear from you!
 Lastly, if you've been to Forest Den NP and seen Hall's Babblers I'd 
appreciate hearing from you also - there are a couple of isolated records there 
also (and similarly in the Simpson Desert).
Cheers,Dean Portelli
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental SciencesUniversity of New South 
WalesSydney NSW 2052(02) 9385 8272
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