Yellow-breasted Boatbills at Lizard Island?

To: martin cachard <>
Subject: Yellow-breasted Boatbills at Lizard Island?
From: Patrick Scully <>
Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2011 11:00:56 +1100
Hi  Matin,
Thanks for your post. I think that as Andrew suggested it must have been a
Yellow-bellied Sunbird, possible female. It was early birding days for us.
Best wishes,

On Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 10:18 PM, martin cachard <>wrote:

>  Hi Andrew, Patrick & evryone else...
> I would have to say that it would be extremely unlikely for YB
> Boatbills to be on Lizard Is !! Habitat is totally wrong for them there -
> you have me wondering now what on earth you saw there Patrick that
> caused your confusion...?? I'm racking my brains & I can't think of a
> similar bird that you may have seen there...
> Boatbills occur at pretty much all altitudes, in my experience. There is a
> good population of them at pretty much sea-level at Stoney Creek in the
> Barron River NP, in the outer Cairns suburb of Kamerunga. I would imagine
> also that they are at near sea-level in plenty of other locations up here
> too - I can confirm that they are on Hinchinbrook Is, also around Mission
> Beach & also at Behana Gorge closer to Cairns. They are pretty numerous
> close to Cairns along Lake Morris (Copperlode Dam) Rd as well. I wouldn't
> be surprised if they still persist in pockets of the Whitfield Range in
> Cairns as well, but I've never had them there, despite living on it for 3
> years. They must also must be down in the lowlands at places like Cape
> Trib/Daintree, Mossman Gorge, Tully Gorge etc...
> They are very widespread (& probably most common) at mid-altitude at
> places like Kuranda, Julatten, Palmerston NP, etc etc.
> Also, they are very widespread & common at high altitude throughout the
> Wet Tropics at very many sites.
> But to expect them to be at Lizard Island is, I think, stretching it a
> bit... I wonder what it was that you saw there Patrick...?!
> Cheers for now & I hope this helps...
> Martin Cachard
> Cairns
> 0428 782 808
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> > Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2011 12:42:19 +1000
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> > Subject: [Birding-Aus] Yellow-breasted Boatbills at Lizard Island?
> >
> > Well, I'd qualify the remarks you attributed to me somewhat, Patrick.
> Boatbills do live in rainforests, but in the lowlands and hills - Martin
> Cachard or Alan Gillanders can advise how high they climb, but I wouldn't
> describe them as an uplands species particularly. They can also get into
> adjacent eucalypt, vine scrub and more open environs; I saw one just
> outside Julatten along a roadside earlier this year, for example.
> >
> > It's 27 kilometres from the FNQ coast to Lizard Island. I'm not sure
> whether Boatbills are present on any of the local offshore islands, but I
> would have doubted, despite my remarks above, that there's any suitable
> habitat for them on Lizard. But I've never been there, so could be wrong.
> >
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