Re: Introduced birds and Bulbuls

To: "Martin O'Brien" <>
Subject: Re: Introduced birds and Bulbuls
From: "Peter S Lansley" <>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 20:53:57 +1000
On Tuesday, June 16, 1998 2:07 PM you wrote:

[re Red-whiskered Bulbul]
> Adelaide, Melbourne(1915 - Atlas of Victorian Birds) and Sydney.  The
> Victorian Atlas says that in Melbourne they were regularly reported in
> Royal Botanic Gardens and in some suburban gardens until 1982 but few
> records since 1983.
> Has any Melbourne birdo seen a Bulbul in the last 16 years?  Sydney seems

Querying my bird database I find I have seen a single Red-whiskered Bulbul
at Melbourne Botanic Gardens, near National Herbarium, on 29 Sept. and 9
Oct. 1988 (likely the same bird; I believe initially notified by David
Peggy Mitchell's sightings column in The Bird Observer is a good source of
Bulbul records in Melbourne 
For what it's worth I reckon they're intermittently being introduced by
misguided Sydneysiders in much the same manner as Common Myna was
introduced to Canberra (or so the story goes)...then die out due to
shortages of fruiting trees at certain times of the year.

Anyone got any better ideas???
Peter S. Lansley <>
Melbourne, Australia

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