If Recher is quoted correctly about the status of Red Wattlebirds in Sydney
then I think
that he is wrong! While I left Sydney 11 years ago for the Central Coast, I have
maintained contact with the suburbs of Castle Hill and Pennant Hills and the
to be pretty common there. Here on the Central Coast, they are definately a
bird in the suburbs of Gosford and Wyong LGAs. They are one of the first
colonise the newly sprouted urban areas, following the plantings of the new
Robin Gordon & other Grevilleas!
NSWFOC Records Officer
Andrew Taylor wrote:
> In , Recher says this:
> "Species, such as Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunculata, which were
> abundant in suburban Sydney gardens as recently as the 1970s are now rare
> (pers. obs.)."
> I found this quote really surprising. I regularly hear and see Red
> Wattlebirds where I live in urban inner-Sydney. Certainly not abundant -
> few native species are in urban Sydney urban areas - but no more or less
> common than I can remember in 17 years of living in this area
> The Atlas of Australian Birds says "early this century the species
> was unknown as breeding bird near Sydney where it is now abundant".
> I gather from  in the 1930s it was only a winter visitor to Sydney,
> although in large numbers.
> I'd be grateful if people from other parts of Sydney could e-mail me
> their estimate of Red Wattlebird abundance in their area and also any
> feeling that have for change in status. As most subscribers presumably
> have very limited interested in Red Wattlebird abundance in Sydney,
> e-mail me only - I'll post to bird-aus a summary of any replies.
>  H. Recher, "The state of Australia's avifauna: a personal opinion and
> for the new millennium", Australian Zoologist, 1999
>  P.A. Gilbert, The Seaesonal Movement of Birds in Eastern New South Wales,
> Emul Vol. XXXIV, p200-208, 1934
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