birding-aus Red-tailed Black Cockatoos and Melia in northern NSW

Subject: birding-aus Red-tailed Black Cockatoos and Melia in northern NSW
From: (Damian Hackett)
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 21:53:03 +1100 (EST)

Hi Michael,

I'm from Rosebank, which is about 20 km west of Byron Bay.  White cedars are
common trees in the subtropical rainforests of the region (particularly
sites that have been disturbed).  However, as far as I know, Red-tails are
scarce around here.  I've made casual observations of birds (mainly
figbirds, wompoo and rose-crowned fruit-doves) feeding on white cedar fruits
over the last 4 years, but have never recorded RTBCs.

Have you seen Ronda Green's paper on seed dispersal in subtropical
rainforest (Aust. Wildl. Res. 20:535-557)?  In 68 hours of observation made
in the Border Ranges and Lamington national parks, no RTBCs visited focal trees.

These observations suggest that the relationship between RTBCs and white
cedars that you have noted in Toowoomba does not extend into coastal
northeastern NSW.


Damian Hackett

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