Nicobar pigeon in Aus

Dodo relative’s mysterious appearance on tropical island baffles bird experts

I did think Tooth billed pigeon in Samoa was closest relative though to the Dodo. 

Warm regards, Charles Hunter . . . → Read More: Nicobar pigeon in Aus

Only partly a name issue

And now for something a little lighter.  With the recent eBird announcements came the news that you can no longer tick ‘Red Junglefowl’ at the You yangs picnic area. That category is confined to real junglefowl in their traditional haunts, geographically.  You might, subject to certain conditions, be able to submit a valid . . . → Read More: Only partly a name issue

An Odd Koel Situation

In my experience, koels almost invariably call from cover. You can hear them but they lurk in such thick foliage that you can rarely see them calling.

I was riding my bike up a hill in the southern suburbs of Brisbane around 6 am this morning when I heard some classic koel grunting. I saw . . . → Read More: An Odd Koel Situation


Good morning

I’ve been away from organised ornithology/birding for about a decade. It’s somehow reassuring to see that the topic of hot discussion now is the same as when I first got involved in the late 1970s, when REN was consuming all the correspondents!! (REN – Recommended English names for Australian birds published in Emu . . . → Read More: REN

Lyrebird renaming

While renaming birds let’s swap the names of the Black-faced and Masked Woodswallows. Because the Black-faced has a mask, and the Masked has a black face! John L

Birding-Aus Digest, Vol 120, Issue 4

All I got to say is a Willy Wagtail to you all with this chatter. Different strokes different Folks

Jon Wren


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Rain, Ants and Needletails

G’day Mike

During a brief period in the southern suburbs of Brisbane this morning, there was a confluence of rain (minor thunder), flying ants and low level needletails. Given the small field of view from my back deck, I could only see half a dozen individuals in the swift passage.

Regards Laurie

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Lyrebird renaming

I just wanted to get in first with – The Plumed Mulchscratcher aka the PM (for the Superb) and the Lesser Plumed Mulchscratcher aka LPM (for Prince Alberts). Thinking of renaming all Australian birds. Geoff

Winds of Change

… are blowing through our bird names.  For more than 10 years the possibility of changing English-language bird names referring to a person (‘personal’ or ‘eponymous’ names) has been on the table.  There are no longer any ‘correct’ or standard names, so the names used are a matter for the user  – whether . . . → Read More: Winds of Change

Maned Goose/Wood Duck.

I spent a few days at a caravan oark at Berri over the week end. I was pleasantly surprised by the numbers of duck feeding on the grassy sites put aside for tents and unpowered vehicles. Looking at them, it made me reflect. Yes we know they breed in trees, but do they roost in . . . → Read More: Maned Goose/Wood Duck.