birding-aus RFI - Apostlebirds in Victoria (Aust.)

Subject: birding-aus RFI - Apostlebirds in Victoria (Aust.)
From: "Martin O'Brien"<>
Date: Tue, 4 May 1999 12:47:19 +1100
A request for Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea) observations in Victoria.

I am interested in the following for Apostlebirds in Victoria:
(a) Evidence of decline in distribution of the species
(b) A reference or other evidence for extinction of Apostlebirds in South
(c) Personal observations and/or opinions on Apostlebird conservation
status in Victoria.
(e) Opinions and/or evidence of the reasons for decline of this species in
southern Australia generally.

As the Atlas of Victorian Birds states "Apostlebirds (once) occurred in
parts of the northern and Wimmera Plains before extensive clearing of
Box-buloke and cypress pine woodlands took place earlier this century."

The RAOU Conservation Statement No. 10 on woodland birds, identifies
Apostlebirds as being threatened in Victoria.

Responses direct to me please.  Thanks in advance.

Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer
Scientific Advisory Committee
Threatened Species Program
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
East Melbourne,  3002

tel: +61 3 9412 4567
fax: +61 3 9412 4586

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