Banded carcass

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Subject: Banded carcass
From: "Paul & Irene Osborn" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2011 11:39:02 +1000
Yesterday morning I found a dead bird on the rocky beach on the inshore side of Yacaaba headland (the northern headland of Port Stephens NSW). The bird had been heavily predated, whether this was the cause of its demise is unclear. It had a green band on its left leg and a yellow on its right, bearing the letters 'SUTH" and the number "1105". There were some other numbers and letters which I was unable to decipher owing to not having my glasses with me. One might have been a phone number starting with '1300'.

I was unable to ascertain the species of the bird, which was predominately black in plumage with red legs. It was about the size of an Eastern Whipbird (many of which were calling nearby) or perhaps a bit larger. It had an upper mandible shaped like that of a Gallinule, but lacking any colour. Looking in my field guides later, I thought the best match was Black-tailed Native Hen, although how one would turn up there is beyond me. Any suggestions as to its ID would be welcome. I didn't take a photo.

Paul Osborn


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