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Australian Birds at Thala

Some new and fairly rare species of Australian birds are being seen at Thala probably due to the very dry period. A Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor) has been spotted, a very uncommon sighting so close to the coast. This beautifully coloured very shy ground feeding bird has been in residence for the past 3 months. Also, a Bassian Ground Thrush (Zoothera lunulata) which feeds in a similar manner to the Noisy Pitta, has taken up residence. This is very uncommon as they are normally found in the higher country of North Queensland.

A pair of Little Lorikeets (Glossopsitta pusilla), have been seen feeding on the nectar from the flowers of the Poplar Gums. Very rarely seen so close to the North Queensland coast. This has been the first sighting of Little Lorikeets at Thala.

The resident pair of Papuan Frogmouth (Podargus papuensis) the largest of the Frogmouth species, started breeding 3 weeks ago. The nest looks very flimsy, just a few sticks in the fork of a tree. The nest has been made only 100m from where the pair were observed in their winter non breeding area. True to form the male is observed sitting on the nest during the day. The eggs are expected to hatch any day.

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