Uncommon, breeding resident/altitudinal migrant.
There are concerns that the Bassian Thrush may have faired poorly in the recent fires. Last autumn/winter, it was the dominant species calling pre-dawn in Songmeter sites in Ribbon-gum forest. This year, preliminary analysis of the Songmeter recordings suggests that it’s pretty much disappeared from burnt areas. Though a couple of birds have been seen along Smokers Trail.
The Bassian Thrush is a scalloped brown and white version of the garden Blackbird. Like its European cousin it has a beautiful song which is echoing much less in Namadji’s mountains following the fires. It likes dense vegetation where it scratches amongst the leaf litter for insect morsels. It may be doing it tough post-fire and we would like to know where it is still hanging out. Please post image or song recordings on Canberra Nature Map.
MapsMount Majura Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Namadgi National Park Lower Cotter Catchment Lake Tuggeranong West Belconnen Pond ANBG Deua National Park (CNM area)
PlacesPaddys River, ACT Stromlo, ACT Hackett, ACT Acton, ACT Tennent, ACT Booth, ACT Cotter River, ACT Cook, ACT
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