Re: birding-aus Spotted Bowerbirds in Coastal NSW

To: morris <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Spotted Bowerbirds in Coastal NSW
From: Tom Tarrant <>
Date: Fri, 26 Feb 1999 04:57:00 +1000

G'day Alan and B-ozzers,
I'm not sure if this is of any interest, recently I saw a Spotted Bowerbird at
Stanthorpe, Queensland (my most easterly record in the state)
Stanthorpe is about 150 kms west of the Gold Coast and they are fairly
regularly seen at Sundown NP nearby.
Tom Tarrant
Dayboro, Qld

morris wrote:

> birding-aus
> Hi Birders
> Both John Harris and Tony Palliser thought that I was being too
> dismissive of the possibility of the Spotted Bowerbirds being seen at
> Valley Heights in the lower Blue Mountains of NSW as mentioned by Carol
> Proberts. At the risk of having my head chopped off, I am prepared to
> stand by my statement that the birds seen were either a
> mis-identification or they are avairy escapees. The current distribution
> of the Spotted Bowerbird in inland NSW has it about 200 km west of the
> coast in northern NSW and about 400km west of the coast in southern
> NSW.In 40 years of reviewing & sifting records, the only two records in
> eastern NSW that I know of are for a single bird at Tuggerah (5 km from
> where I live) 1985-87 where it co-existed with a group of Satin
> Bowerbirds. The other record is for Jenolan Caves House more recently, a
> location frequented by Satin Bowerbirds too. I don't see either record
> as an extension of range! Furthermore I understand that the Valley
> Heights record of 2-3 birds has yet to be confirmed! Finally with 35
> years experience with the NSW NPWS I can say that you would be surprise
> what people have in their avairies! It is very easy for people in
> western NSW to catch in the chook run, the Spotted Bowerbirds that feed
> in their gardens or with the chooks, and swap them for something
> "exotic" from eastern NSW. Then there are the plethora of wildlife parks
> that swap native animals amongst themselves, and these escape too! So
> will I be proved right?
> Alan Morris
> Records Officer NSWFOC
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