Noisy Pittas

To: "Marc Anderson" <>, <>
Subject: Noisy Pittas
From: "Greg and Val Clancy" <>
Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2013 13:58:49 +1000
We can’t be sure that Noisy Pittas are altitudinal migrants for, as far as I 
know, we haven’t had any long distance or altitudinal movement recoveries of 
banded Pittas.  It is interesting because the species turns up in good numbers 
on the NSW North Coast during the autumn-winter but unlike the southern 
migrants (Grey Fantail, Golden Whistler, Silvereye etc.) the Pitta doesn’t 
occur in southern Australia and the numbers south of the north coast would 
appear to be small so it is unlikely that the north coast birds have arrived 
from the south.  The most likely explanation is that they move down from the 
high country but another possibility is that they migrate south from 
Queensland.  Southward movement of birds in the winter is rare but the Spangled 
Drongo does go south as well as north during the autumn-winter.  If the Noisy 
Pitta is an altitudinal migrant it is likely that not all individuals migrate.  
It appears that adult male Eastern Spinebill stay in the high country while 
adult females (with a few exceptions) and young birds move to the lowlands.  
Again we need more proof from banded birds but that is what appear to happen.  
Eastern Spinebills also appear to be latitudinal migrants.  There is just so 
much that we don’t understand about migration in Australian birds, particularly 
autumn-winter migration. 



Dr Greg. P. Clancy
Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
| PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
| 02 6649 3153  | 0429 601 960


From: Marc Anderson 
Sent: Friday, September 06, 2013 7:42 AM
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Noisy Pittas

My only observation of Noisy Pittas on a visit to the Border Ranges in July 
this year was in one of the highest (altitude) sections of the area, near the 
Pinnacle Lookout. This made me question the altitude migration theory.

Marc Anderson 

Wild Ambience 
Sydney, Australia 
P +61 (0) 430 072 299 


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