Hello Michael, Have a look at which sets out the IOC homepage and gives details of who does what and where. Frank Gill is is the overall chair, ably assisted by Sally Conyne and David Donsker, and they call on a wide range of contacts from all sorts of disciplines, using scientists and also . . . → Read More: IOC

Augusta Pelagic Trip 6th May

Hi all,

Please see the details below regarding a short-notice pelagic trip off Augusta. It is a fairly large boat, so a minimum of 25 pax is required for the trip to go ahead. If you would like to book a place, or more information, please contact Plaxy (cc’d in above)



With the . . . → Read More: Augusta Pelagic Trip 6th May

guide needed for a day’s birding around Sydney

Hi all,

We have an international client who would like a day’s guided birding around Sydney (including the Blue Mountains) either with a professional bird guide or experienced birdingpal. It’s not until October but if anyone is interested fitting either of these criteria please contact me for details.

cheers, Peter


Peter Waanders

*Managing Director*

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Noisy Pitta in Western Brisbane

A Noisy Pitta turned up in suburban Bellbowrie ( a suburb on the other side of the river from Ipswich for those lucky enough not to be living in Brisbane) this morning. Now according to the font of all family ornithological wisdom, my mother, this is not a very common sighting for these parts. Escapee, . . . → Read More: Noisy Pitta in Western Brisbane

Blackbird migratory behaviour in Australia?

Hi birders

Back in 2004 on Birding-Aus I wrote this:

“… /Some musing on that feral pest the Common Blackbird (Turdus merula) in Victoria, Australia …./

/A couple of observations this Autumn have me wondering whether some proportion of the Victorian Blackbird population might be migratory – even if its just the kind of altitudinal . . . → Read More: Blackbird migratory behaviour in Australia?

Birding-Aus Digest, Vol 42, Issue 20

Hi Lawrie

Anything is possible. I had a 20 year mist netting project near Springvale/Braeside Victoria. My only bird found with a band – dead away from the research area was a Blackbird that had moved around 1 km.

Their biggest movement from the ABBBS was 57 km see:

I like Blackbirds . . . → Read More: Birding-Aus Digest, Vol 42, Issue 20

Papuan Pitta

An extract from my forthcoming New Guinea Field Guide

Papuan Pitta Erythropitta macklotii Uncommon resident (NG) L 17 cm. Six subspecies in region in 3 groups: Papuan Pitta mack- lotii bright orange-rufous nape, no pale blue on head, variable black breast band (W and S NG including W Papuan Is, Yapen and Aru Is); digglesi . . . → Read More: Papuan Pitta

Lynx Birds of the World

Hi Mike and Michael, The taxonomy used in the two volume Lynx Non-Passerines and Passerines editions is their own Lynx-BirdLife one, not the IOC. It is actually now the most radical taxonomy of them all and recognises something like 10965 species, with more to come in due course. The taxonomy is heavily based on morphological . . . → Read More: Lynx Birds of the World

Bird names

Hi All.

Following the Pitta name change posting I have been delving into Lynx’s “Birds of the World” in which the current IOC taxonomy is used.

These are a quite fantastic two volumes, particularly for those bird when the travelling around the world. For instance we twitched the Big Island of Hawaii recently,( . . . → Read More: Bird names

IOC 7.2 update

The IOC 7.2 update is now available at

From what I can see the only changes that effect the Australian list are all to do with alterations in the taxonomical names:

Sarus Crane and Brolga are now in the new genus Antigone

and the Ruff, Broad-billed Sandpiper and Buff-breasted Sandpiper and once again included . . . → Read More: IOC 7.2 update