Brown SongLark now a Grassbird

To: Nikolas Haass <>
Subject: Brown SongLark now a Grassbird
From: Mark Young <>
Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2012 13:11:33 +1100
Hi Nikolas,

I use the terms of calls and song interchangeably. That's very poor of
myself I know. But what I heard would be better described as a song. Now
that I think about it, I didn't see this bird make any noise, but I
assumed the noise/song I heard came from this bird as I could see no other
bird nearby.


On Sunday, December 16, 2012, Nikolas Haass wrote:

> Looking at the last picture alone I would say Little Grassbird. In one of
> your earlier pictures there is also some streaking on the lower flanks. You
> are saying call but what you are describing seems to be rather the song and
> not a call? Can you describe that a bit more detailed?
> Cheers,
> Nikolas
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> Nikolas Haass
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> *Sent:* Saturday, December 15, 2012 8:20 PM
> *Subject:* Re: [Birding-Aus] Brown SongLark now a Grassbird
> G'day everyone,
> Thanks to all those people who've replied about this bird. Most people have
> said it's a Tawny Grassbird, but a few think it might be a Little
> Grassbird.
> There are a still points about this bird that have me confused. The white
> fringing on the tertials(?), the slight dark streaking to the crown, (as
> evident in the second image) and the dark line running through the eye seem
> to suggest Little Grassbird.
> But the lack of streaking on the breast leads it towards a Tawny Grassbird.
> Is it possible this might be a young bird, or a hybrid of the 2?
> When I saw this bird it was at the bottom of a small gully feeding in
> between some grasses. Not the sort of habitat I've seen Little Grassbirds
> in
> when I've seen them (which is no more than 10 times all up).
> What attracted me to it was it's call. I was looking in that area for
> Pipit's which are usually around there, when I heard the bird. I remember
> it
> having an attractive call with multiple notes. Sorry about the vagueness on
> that point, but I don't remember anymore about it's call.
> Here's a link to another image showing the crown and back. I don't have a
> better photo of the breast that I could post.
> Link:
> Regards,
> Mark
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> From: Mark and Amanda Young 
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> Sent: Friday, 14 December 2012 7:13 PM
> To: 'Birding Aus'
> Subject: RE: Brown Songlark
> G'aday everyone,
> I saw this small bird this morning at Long Reef Golf Course this morning. I
> wasn't too sure what it was when I saw it in the field. I thought it might
> have been some unusual grassbird, but that didn't seem quite right. The
> underside and head reminded a bit of a Reed-warbler, but those upper
> feathers didn't seem right either for it to be a Reed-warbler.
> Now that I've gotten home and had a chance to look it up in Morcombe's, it
> looks very similar to a female Brown Songlark. But I've only ever seen a
> male Brown Songlark, and that was a few years ago, so I'm would love to get
> the opinion of others as to what they think this bird might be.
> Link:
> Regards,
> Mark
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