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New South Wales Ornithological Rarities Advisory Committee

Unusual Record Report

This form is intended to aid observers in the preparation of a submission for a major rarity in Australia. (It is not a mandatory requirement) Please complete all sections ensuring that you attach all relevant information including copies of your notes, photographs or other supportive material. (PLEASE USE BLACK INK).

Phone Number:

Species Name: Scientific Name:
Date(s) and time(s) of observation:
How long did you watch the bird(s)?
First and last date of occurrence:
Distance to bird:

Site Location(eg 3km SE of Lavers Hill, Victoria)

Habitat (Describe habitat in which the bird was seen, together with any neighbouring habitats):
Sighting conditions (weather, visibility, light conditions etc):
Were other observers present? Do any of the other observers disagree with your identification, if so, who? (Please give names, addresses and phone numbers):
How confident are you of your identification? eg 70%, 100%. If not 100% why not?

Other details: eg Do you have historical and or anecdotal information/comments relating to the prior occurrence/status of the species within or near this location? If more space is needed for any section, please attach with your notes.

Physical description of Bird - Please describe only what you saw: (1) Number of individuals present (living or dead); (2) age (adult, juvenile, immature) and sex; (3) size and shape; (4) plumage colour and pattern (including any details of moult); (5) colour of bill, eyes and legs/feet; (6) calls; (7) behaviour, movements, flight pattern and anything else that might help to identify the bird eg feeding, interactions with other birds, describe where the bird was - on ground, in canopy, flying etc. Were comparisons made with other species? Please also state whether you saw the complete bird or only part of it? (eg upper/lower/front/rear of bird). (Attach a description and where possible a copy of your field notes)

Other species with which you think it might be confused and how these were eliminated? (Please append your comments/views following your description)

Was the description written from notes and/or sketches made during the observation, shortly after the observation or from memory?

Please indicate supportive evidence available Was the bird photographed, taped or video taped? If yes, by whom?

What experience have you had with the species in question? Did you know it was a Rare bid when you first saw it?


Please forward all material to: Roger McGovern 1/67 Cremorne Road ,Cremorne, NSW 2090

You might also like to visit Birdlife Australia's Rarities Committee (BARC) site.

NSWORAC Review List

If you see any of these birds in NSW, please report your observation as described above.

Ostrich Struthio camelus 1
Cape Barren Goose Cereopsis novaehollandiae
Radjah Shellduck Tadoma radjah
Cotton Pygmy Goose Nettapus coromandelianus
Green Pygmy Goose Nettapus pulchellus
Garganey Anas querquedula
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
Flock Bronzewing Phaps histrionica 2
Squatter Pigeon Geophaps scripta
Pied Imperial Pigeon Ducula bicolor
Australian Swiftlet Aerodramus terraereginae
White-bellied Storm-Petrel Fregetta grallaria
Grey-backed Storm-Petrel Garrodia nereis
Sooty Albatross Phoebetria fusca
Light-mantled Sooty Albatross Phoebetria palpebrata
Southern Fulmar Fulmaris glacialoides
Blue Petrel Halobaena caerulea
Salvins Prion Pachyptila salvini
Grey Petrel Procellaria cinerea
Kerguelen Petrel Lugensa brebirostris
Soft-plumaged Petrel Pteradroma mollis
Mottled Petrel Pteradroma inexpectata
Cook's Petrel Pterodroma cookii
Little Shearwater Puffinus assimilis 3
Fiordland Penguin Eudyptes pachyrhynchus
Macaroni Penguin Eudyptes chrysolophus
Great Frigatebird Fregeta minor
Red-footed Booby Sula sula
Black-faced Cormorant Phalacrocorax fuscesens 4
Pied Heron Ardea picata
Red Goshawk Erythrotriorchis radiatus
Oriental Plover Charadrius veredus
Little Curlew Numenius minutus
Common Redshank Tringa totanus
Asian Dowitcher Limnodromus semipalmatus
Little Stint Calidris minuta
Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
Red-backed Button-quail Turnix maculosa
Black-breasted Button-quail Turnix melanogaster
Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum
Bridled Tern Sterna anaethetus
Fairy Tern Sterna nereis 5
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii
Black-naped Tern Sterna sumatrana
Purple-crowned Lorikeet Glossopsitta porphyrocephala
Double-eyed Fig Parrot Cyclopsitta diophthalma coxeni
Bourkes Parrot Neopsephotus bourkii
Elegant Parrot Neophema elegans
Orange-bellied Parrot Neophema chrysogaster
Scarlet-chested Parrot Neosephotus splendida
Banded Whiteface Aphelocephala nigricincta
Thick-billed Grasswren Amytornis textilis 6
Purple-gaped Honeyeater Lichenostromus cratitius
Black-eared Miner Manorina melanotis
Dusky Honeyeater Myzomela obscura
Banded Honeyeater Certhionyx pectoralis
Red-lored Whistler Pachycephala rufogularis 7
Shining Flycatcher Myiagra alecto
Pink Robin Petroica rodinogaster 8
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Yellow White-eye Zosterops luteus
Song Thrush Turdus philomelos 3
Metallic Starling Aplonis metallica
Olive-backed Sunbird Nectarina jugularis
Black-throated Finch Poephila cincta
Painted Finch Emblema pictum
Green-headed Yellow Wagtail Motcilla taivana

1 except for known population in the Barham region
2 except Upper and Lower Western NSW
3 except Lord Howe Island
4 except far South Coast
5 except south of Sydney
6 except for known population near Packsaddle
7 except Yathong, Nombinnie, Round Hill
8 except far South Coast and Southern Tablelands

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