Newly Described Aus Ringneck – B. z. parkeri


It was described in Emu 116(4) last year. All Birdlife Australia members now get free access to Emu online – which I think BLA deserves big credit for – the paper can be found at

Short answer to your question is that they are found in the far NE of South Australia and . . . → Read More: Newly Described Aus Ringneck – B. z. parkeri

Latham’s Snipe

Thx, Tom. During March is when I’ve seen them fattening at this site. Also, if you “follow” the Latham’s Snipe Project (WordPress) you’ll see they’re still moving at this time. (They’re then gone from here by April.) Cheers Judith

On 26 March 2017 at 11:39, Tom Tarrant <> wrote:

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Newly Described Aus Ringneck – B. z. parkeri


I was working my way through the 2017 IOC v7.1 checklist and noticed a newly described race of the Aus Ringneck – B. z. parker. IOC refers to “Forshaw & Joseph, 2016” and notes its range is NE South Australia, SW Queensland.

Does anyone have any information on this race [e.g. a map of . . . → Read More: Newly Described Aus Ringneck – B. z. parkeri

Cash for Night Parrot.

How are they going to show someone a Night Parrot ?

Walk in a line and kick every Spinifex bush to flush one.

Sit in a group and run playbacks all night .

Or tell them “Sorry you should have been here last week, they were here then ”

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Latham’s Snipe

Does anyone know if LSnipe will forage in the rain? Yesterday afternoon/evening I saw none at my usual March-staging observation-post — It was rainy & misty, but being wetland-birds northering & feeding-up, they seemed worth looking for, as I was passing. Judith SEQ wetland 400m

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other numbers

– After a start with few Cuckoos, by midsummer the count had progressed to zero, & now there has been no northering cuckoo migration seen or heard here. (Even the non-migrant, non-parasitic Pheasant Coucals have this season been conspicuously silent.)

– There have been horribly few WTNs to report to MikeT.

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Since I wrote about this in 2015, Galah numbers in my bit of country have fallen to zero. Last time I saw any here they were 4 flashing through. As I probably said last time I wrote, Galah numbers had increased steadily from the late 1990s until the decline which began in the 20teens. As . . . → Read More: numbers

Passing call

​Thanks all who had input for this. Because the call was outside a bedroom here (ex-rainforest hills), I’m thinking maybe birds often make calls that are too quiet for us to hear — indeed, this may be the point of the quietness. ​So I’m going for Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove, at sound-quality unlikely to be heard usually.

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Oceanwide Ross Sea Expedition 2017

I was perhaps the only serious passenger birder on the 32-day Ross Sea Expedition, 15 Feb to 17 March, from Bluff, NZ, to Campbell Island, the Ross Sea, then parallel to the Antarctic Coast to Peter I Island, the Antarctic Peninsular and ending in Ushuaia. My main reason to go was to see an Emperor . . . → Read More: Oceanwide Ross Sea Expedition 2017

Sydney Pelagic Trip Saturday 8th April

I just wanted to let local birders know that, unusually, we have a few spots still vacant for the April 11th pelagic trip out of Sydney. Please e-mail me directly if you would like to make a booking.

All information is on our website at


Roger McGovern

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