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November 1, 2018

The Pilliga

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Pilliga Pottery

I took off late in the afternoon from Coonabarabran and headed up the Newell Highway towards Narrabri. I turned off a short way along the highway to the Pillaga Pottery. Camping is $10 per person per night. They have showers, composting toilets and a swimming pool. The bird baths were the highlight. Eleven species of honeyeaters.

Brown-headed Honeyeater
Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris)

They are supposed to be common, well why haven’t I seen any before? There is considerable geographic variation in their features.

Black-chinned Honeyeater
Black-chinned Honeyeater (Melithreptus gularis gularis)

The Black-chinned Honeyeater has a white nape band with a black face. The nominate race gularis has a blue patch above the eye. And of course the black chin.

White-naped Honeyeater
White-naped Honeyeater (Melithreptus lunatus)

The White-naped Honeyeater has the white nape stripe of course, a black head, red bare skin above eye and a diagnostic narrow black strip under the chin, which differentiates it from the White-throated Honeyeater. They are sharing with a couple of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters.

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops)

Yellow crown, black face, long pointed ear-tufts are diagnostic for the Yellow-tufted Honeyeater.

White-eared Honeyeater
White-eared Honeyeater (Nesoptilotis leucotis)

The White-eared Honeyeater has a grey crown with black face and throat with a large white patch behind the eye. The iris is red.

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)

Common Bronzewing
Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera)

This Common Bronzewing was all by his lonesome by the dam.

Pilliga bird list

Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris)
Black-chinned Honeyeater (Melithreptus gularis gularis)
Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Caligavis chrysops)
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)
White-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula pencillata)
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops)
White-naped Honeyeater (Melithreptus lunatus)
White-eared Honeyeater (Nesoptilotis leucotis)
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Noisy Miner
Noisy Friarbird
Laughing Kookaburra
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Eastern Rosella
Australian King-parrot
Red-rumped Parrot
Apostlebird
Superb Fairy-wren
Red-browed Finch
Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera)
Crested Pigeon
Willie Wagtail
Dollarbird
Australian Magpie
Pied Currawong
House Sparrow

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