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Old Wednesday 21st April 2010, 23:12   #1
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Black-tailed Native-hen

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Clements only shows Australia as the range for this bird. However, Avibase says it is also endemic to Tasmania.

Currently our entry shows it as a vagrant to Tasmania and New Zealand.

Anyone know anything more about the range of this bird?

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Old Thursday 22nd April 2010, 01:14   #2
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Our entry is in agreement with Pizzey & Knight's field guide for Australia. Avibase does not distinguish between regular occurrence and occurrence as vagrants, so information there should be takes as "ever recorded".

I have just added refs for that and Clements

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Old Thursday 22nd April 2010, 01:20   #3
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Thanks very much Niels

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Clements only shows Australia as the range for this bird. However, Avibase says it is also endemic to Tasmania.

Anyone know anything more about the range of this bird?

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Could Avibase have it confused with the Tasmanian Native-hen, which is endemic to Tasmania?

Black-tailed is normally found only on mainland Australia, typically on inland wetlands. In good seasons they sometimes breed up and irrupt in varying numbers in coastal areas.
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Thanks John

That's very possible I suppose (just wondering if the two were ever lumped and are now split?)

Thanks for the extra information too... I'll get that added into the article.

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John,
I agree with "normally", but the Pizzey & Knight bird guide states that BtNH has been recorded as vagrant on Tasmania and NZ: vagrant meaning that this has happened a few times but is in no way normal.

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I agree with "normally", but the Pizzey & Knight bird guide states that BtNH has been recorded as vagrant on Tasmania and NZ: vagrant meaning that this has happened a few times but is in no way normal.

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Thanks Niels,

I wasn't disagreeing with the records from Tas and NZ - hence the use of normally. There are records from Tas in the Atlas of Australian Birds and a friend of mine has seen one in NZ
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