RE: Introduced birds and Bulbuls

To: "'Peter S Lansley'" <>
Subject: RE: Introduced birds and Bulbuls
From: John Barkla <>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 11:21:32 +1000
Peter there is a small colony in the Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe. 
 They are apparently living in native vegetation along the river and 
in adjoining gardens.  Chris Lester has been informally monitoring the 
population in case we ever have the time to participate in another 
Birds Australia bird count.  We wouldn't mind winning another set of 
Oxford University Press books!


John Barkla

From:  Peter S Lansley[SMTP:
Sent:  Thursday, 18 June 1998 20:54
To:  Martin O'Brien
Subject:  Re: Introduced birds and Bulbuls

On Tuesday, June 16, 1998 2:07 PM you wrote:

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

Querying my bird database I find I have seen a single Red-whiskered 
at Melbourne Botanic Gardens, near National Herbarium, on 29 Sept. and 
Oct. 1988 (likely the same bird; I believe initially notified by 
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 
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

tel. +61 3 9375 4564 (evening)

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