Ravens in Melbourne

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Subject: Ravens in Melbourne
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2000 17:15:56 +1000
In my four years at La Trobe University (1975 to 1978) (not far from your work), I once observed a pair of Australian Ravens there (in 1977 I believe) and documented it in my article "Additional Records of Birds from La Trobe University" in Aust Bird Watcher 8(2):40-41, June 1979.
The Australian Raven is also the common resident species in Canberra, (in fact I have had one pair raising three broods of young in the tree in my backyard). The Little Raven is uncommon, irregular (by year) and seasonal occurrence (mostly January to Autumn). This aspect will be discussed in my upcoming report on COG's first 18 years of Garden Bird Survey.
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Date: Monday, 26 June 2000 13:18
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] ravens in Melbourne

G'day all
I am interested in the claims last week from 2 correspondents that Australian
Ravens occur in the Melbourne suburbs - I've never recorded them here in 30
years of residence and bird noting. In my experience only Little Ravens inhabit
Melbourne. In Victoria, Aust Ravens are widespread in forest  and mallee areas,
and in rural land with extensive remnant forest. They are nowhere common,
usually occurring as pairs, almost never in flocks and usually notably wary,
avoiding humans at all costs. [I am aware that Aust Ravens are the common urban
raven in Sydney and find that a most fascinating phenomenon]. Any records of
Australian Raven in Melbourne warrant careful documentation in the Victorian
Bird Report or similar.

I have just returned from a few days on Snake Island, Corner Inlet enjoying the
calls and sights of Forest Ravens, Hog Deer and being pee'd on by Koalas.


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