Re: Feral populations

Subject: Re: Feral populations
From: (J.D. & H.J. Duigan)
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 1998 17:23:14 GMT+1000
Dear All,

This posting is rather behind the eight ball, but I have been following with 
interest the recent discussion, as well as some of the archival material, 
re: the feral populations of introduced birds.
It seems to be generally accepted that the Common Pheasant is established on 
Rottnest Island but no mention has been made of the populations on both King 
and Flinders Islands.  In fact, in addition to the Common Pheasant, Flinders 
Island has well established feral populations of the Common Turkey, Peafowl 
and more recently Feral Chickens.
I noted that the 1984 edition of the RAOU Bird Atlas lists the Pheasant and 
Peafowl for the Furneaux Group while my 1986 edition of Simpson and Day 
records the Turkey as well but not the Feral Chicken.
On a different note, I was amazed to observe a Willy Wagtail sitting happily 
on a fence near our house yesterday.  It is the first time I have seen 
this species in the 24 years we have lived on the Island.  Bob Green quotes a 
few single sightings of this bird in Northern Tasmania and on King and 
Flinders Islands, but it would appear to be fairly rare.

Helen Duigan,
Flinders Island,
Tas., 7255.

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • Re: Feral populations, J.D. & H.J. Duigan <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU