Honeyeater migration

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Subject: Honeyeater migration
From: Claire Runge <>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2011 10:55:25 +1000
Howdy birders,

I had the pleasure recently of reading issues of Emu from the 1950s and was 
particularly interested to read about the migration of White-naped and 
Yellow-faced honeyeaters.  According to several reports from the period, these 
birds could be found migrating northward at Mallacoota Vic, and Blackheath and 
Bundanoon NSW in numbers that were reportedly 'not less than 3000 birds an 
hour'. (Vol 56 1956, pp 421, vol 58 1958 pp 370)
Can anyone confirm these numbers? And is this mass migration a thing of the 
past or can they still be seen in these numbers?
I'm asking predominantly to satiate my curiosity though I'm currently studying 
Australian migrant bush-birds with a view to getting a handle on how their 
patterns are changing with habitat loss and climate changes, and identifying 
bottlenecks that may affect persistence of these species.  I'd love to hear any 
other interesting tales or titbits of knowledge you have regarding our 

Claire Runge
PhD Student
The Ecology Centre
School of Biological Sciences
University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072


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