FW: Grassbird - Re: Brown Songlark

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Subject: FW: Grassbird - Re: Brown Songlark
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2012 19:05:17 +1100

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Subject: RE: Grassbird - Re: [Birding-Aus] Brown Songlark
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2012 19:04:11 +1100

Hi guys,
Sorry for not replying any sooner about why I thought this image is of a Tawny 

For me it was an instant easy decision due to the rufous crown & nape, together 
with a relatively clean unstreaked underbody. This is not the head colour of 
Little Grassbirds, which are also much more heavilly marked on the underparts 
than this bird shows.
I thought the tail looking a little short was only due to the angle the image 
was taken from, so that the tail length was never a concern for me.

We in Cairns are very fortunate to have this species here in some abundance, so 
we get to see them very frequently.

Cheers for now,

Martin Cachard
0428 782 808


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Subject: Grassbird - Re: [Birding-Aus] Brown Songlark
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2012 12:04:26 +1100

Hi Mark,I tried to reply to birding-aus last night but all my email attempts 
bounced as spam!Anyhow, my best guess was Little Grassbird.  Hard to judge from 
just one photo, but I thought the tail appeared too short, bill too fine & legs 
too dark for Tawny Grassbird. Cheers, Steve McBrideBallina                      

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