Noisy Pitta Behaviour

To: "Jill & Sue" <>, <>
Subject: Noisy Pitta Behaviour
From: "Greg and Val Clancy" <>
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2014 12:48:25 +1000
Hi Jill and Sue,

Noisy Pittas are thought to be altitudinal migrants moving from high altitudes to lower altitudes during the autumn-winter. I doubt whether i tis really that simple as I suspect some latitudinal migration may also occur. As Pittas are quite rare in the Sydney area I would expect that the Warriewood bird/s would have flown down from further north. The photos show that it has a pink gape and is therefore a first year bird so any sightings in previous years would be of different individuals. We have had many more reports of Pittas turning up in new areas on the NSW north coast during the cooler months over the past couple of years and although it may be due to an increase in observer effort I suspect that there has been a small 'explosion' in their numbers.



Dr Greg. P. Clancy
Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
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-----Original Message----- From: Jill & Sue
Sent: Sunday, June 08, 2014 12:28 PM
Subject: Noisy Pitta Behaviour

Having recently seen the Irrawong Noisy Pitta in the same area as in previous years we wonder whether there is anything known about this species migration / winter movements. A google search on 'behaviour' only yielded articles about it's observed behaviour and nesting / breeding behaviour. As the Irrawong bird (there seems to be only one) only appears in winter where has it come from etc? They don't seem to be great fliers. Obviously the one recently seen near Newington raises similar questions. Any clues?

Jill & Sue
Jill Rossiter & Sue Casson

PO Box 17 HORNSBY NSW 1630
02 9487 2496
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