To: John Leonard <>,
Subject: blackbirds
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 19:55:39 +1100

In the Blue Mountains, at least, they tend to inhabit wet forest which has
been invaded by weeds, particularly those that bear fruit.

Not sure if I've ever seen them in completely undisturbed wet forest.


>What does surprise me is that they haven't discovered Wet Forest by now
>(the habitat closest to their original one in Europe); if they had I'm sure
>they'd have been through it like the proverbial dose of salts, in the
>process displacing various ground feeders.
>However it doesn't appear that they have, so let's hope there's something
>wrong with se Australian Wet Forest, from a Blackbird point-of-view (not
>enough worms, not the right sort of worms, or whatever) and that Australian
>Wet Forests stay Blackbird free (unlike NZ forests, and the bush on Lord
>Howe Island).
>John Leonard

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