Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) in Hunter Valley

To: "Anthony Overs" <>, "Birding-Aus" <>
Subject: Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) in Hunter Valley
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2000 12:38:11 +1000
I would think that unlikely without some subtantial basis. Anthony's second sentence seems to have some basis. However, Kosovar refugees would have had higher priorities and surely they were fairly closely monitored when they arrived.
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From: Anthony Overs <>
To: Dion Hobcroft <>; <>
Date: Wednesday, 13 September 2000 9:46
Subject: RE: [BIRDING-AUS] Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) in Hunter Valley

I heard a theory about a recent sighting of Eurasian Magpie in the Hunter
valley. Apparently Magpies are a reasonably common cage bird in parts of
Europe. The suggestion was that the bird was smuggled into Australia by
Kosovar refugees, and released (or escaped) from the place where the
refugees were staying in the valley.

Sounded like a good theory. Any comments?


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