Scarlet-chested Parrot near Mount Magnet, WA

Subject: Scarlet-chested Parrot near Mount Magnet, WA
From: Mark Stanley <>
Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 21:34:15 +0800
Following recent good rains and reports of good birds in the region I spent
the Anzac weekend at Wondinong Station, 75 Km NE of Mt Magnet.

Drove to Paynes Find after work on Friday and hit the road at dawn on
Saturday and it was clear as I travelled north and east that there had been
substantial rains, with standing water in many places. Wondinong Station
has comfortable donga style accommodation, a good kitchen, showers and
laundry. There was an excellent range of vegetation in and around the
station. The whole area has largely been destocked of sheep due to a severe
wild dog and dingo problem. Only cattle can withstand the depredations of
these packs; goats collect into big mobs and seem to stay close to the
station. This leaves most of the land with little sign of grazing and hence
good for birds.

Bird of the trip was undoubtedly a single male Scarlet-chested Parrot. I
left details of the sighting location with the station owners as it was
actually in a neighbouring property which they had gotten permission for me
to enter. Similar privileges would probably be available to others who stay
there. An annotated list of the birds is as follows:

Emu                                            seen regularly

Hoary-headed Grebe                     single individual at lake near
station homestead

Australian Grebe                          individuals on water bodies on
road towards Cue

White-necked Heron                     singles seen at various water bodies

White-faced Heron                        groups of up to 4 at various water

Straw-necked Ibis                        flock of 6 in NW water body

Pacific Black Duck                      one with young + pair

Australian Shelduck                     one pair

Maned Duck                                flocks up to 30 birds

Grey Teal                                     up to 20 birds; one pair with

Australian Shoveler                       one pair

Pink-eared Duck                            5 birds on one lake.

Wedge-tailed Eagle                         various locations

Whistling Kite                                 various locations where
water bodies occurred

Australian Goshawk                        various

Brown Falcon                                 various locations

Nankeen Kestrel                             Common

Banded Plover                                Common – up to 20 birds; one
pair with 4 runners

Black-fronted Dotterel                      most water bodies.

Crested Pigeon                               common

Galah                                            common

Port Lincoln Ringneck                     common

Elegant Parrot                                one pair

Scarlet-chested Parrot                    Adult male with weak red band in
mallee over spinifex

Mulga Parrot                                  common over spinifex, less
common elsewhere

Budgerigar                                     common on Cue road

Bourke’s Parrot                              group of four on Cue road;
possibly multiple groups

Pallid Cuckoo                                 common

Black-eared Cuckoo                        a few

Welcome Swallow                           nesting

White-backed Swallow                     prospecting

Tree Martin                                     very common

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike              very common

Australasian Pipit                            common; pair feeding young

Rufous Songlark

Willie Wagtail                                  very common

Red-capped Robin

Hooded Robin

Rufous Whistler

Grey Shrike-thrush                          very common

Crested Bellbird                               very common

Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush         one male on Mt Magnet road

Grey-crowned Babbler                      very common

White-browed Babbler

Weebill                                            surprisingly sparse

Chestnut-rumped Thornbill                 very common

Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Slaty-backed Thornbill                       two locations

Inland Thornbill

Variegated Fairy-wren

Splendid Fairy-wren

White-winged Fairy-wren

Western Gerygone

Southern Whiteface

Crimson Chat                                     numerous

Orange Chat                                       a few pairs

White-fronted Chat                             one

Varied Sittella

White-browed Treecreeper                 common where there was spinifex

Striated Pardalote

Pied Honeyeater                               two males

White-plumed Honeyeater                 common

White-fronted Honeyeater                common

Singing Honeyeater                        abundant

Brown Honeyeater

Yellow-throated Miner

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater



Black-faced Woodswallow

Grey Butcherbird

Pied Butcherbird

Australian Magpie

Western Bowerbird

Torresian Crow

Little Crow

Zebra Finch

On the way out via Lake Austin - which was full to the brim – there was a
single Gull-billed Tern, numerous swans and other waterfowl, Avocets and
Stilts (Pied but possibly Banded far out in the lake).

As the water was only slowly evaporating and any more winter rain should
make the country a great visit especially when spring wildflowers hit.

Mark Stanley
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