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Birdline Australian Capital Territory

Birdline ACT is a site for the reporting of rare or unusual birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or unusual habitat usage. Observations interesting to you can also be reported, but please provide justification. If you have any questions, please contact the moderators. Good birding and thanks for contributing to Birdline ACT! You can follow Birdline ACT on the web, RSS and Twitter. We encourage you to register and enter full lists of the species you see at

Birdline Australian Capital Territory is supported by Birdlife Australia and moderated by Alastair Smith and Peter Milburn.

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Moderators' Note

Silver Gull Project Mark Carey is researching the seasonal movements and urbanisation of Silver Gulls in south-eastern Australia. He has a number of colour-banded Silver Gulls around Lake Burley Griffin. Please report all sightings of gulls with alphanumeric bands to or Twitter @silvergullproj

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October 2017
Wed 18Citron-Crested Cockatoo
Near Tiny's Green Shed, Flemington Way
On my way to work this morning (8:15am) I noticed an odd "sulphur crested" cockatoo. Very similar to the other sulphur crested but with an orange crest rather than the usual yellow and just the faintest blush of orange on the cheeks. It was also slightly smaller than others in the group. I watched it for a couple of minutes from about 5 metres before it flew off and settled further away along the verge. When I googled "orange crested sulphur crested cockatoo" the Citron Crested Cockatoo Cacatua sulphurea citrinocristata popped up which is an exact match for what I saw: So, presumably someone's pet gone wild. It was feeding on the ground between the road and the construction fence just north of the entrance to Tiny's Green Shed on the eastern side of Flemington Way with about 1/2 dozen normal sulphur crested.
Peter Miller 18/10 #232358
Mon 2Sacred Kingfisher
Fully coloured adult in the middle of the suburb! First time I've seen or heard one here (lived here for five years now). It sat on the line for a few minutes, before something down below caught its attention. Dropped like a rock a moment later & not seen again.
Adam FitzGerald 2/10 #232097

September 2017
Sat 23Dusky Woodswallow
Cumpston Place, Macgregor
70+ Dusky Woodswallow flying westwards, high over my house
Lucy Wenger 23/9 #231939
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Interesting to you as observer (must be justified)
Unusual numbers
Rare vagrant
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