Wompoo Fruit-Doves in the Sydney Region

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Subject: Wompoo Fruit-Doves in the Sydney Region
From: "Allan Morris" <>
Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2000 21:06:35 +1100
Hi Birders,
Andy Burton recently asked about the occurrence of Wompoo Fruit-Doves in the Sydney Region following him hearing about a juvenile seen on 30 October 2000 at Castlecrag, on Sydney's North Shore. He subsequently saw the bird  on 31 October 2000 off Edinburgh Rd Castlecrag. This record comes fast on the heels of another juvenile Wompoo Fruit-Dove seen at Ku-ring-gai Council Nursery at Mona Vale Rd St. Ives from 15 to 24 October 2000. The locations are about 18 kms apart.
Wompoo Fruit-Doves are very rare in the Sydney Region (County of Cumberland). Hoskin (1991) "The Birds of Sydney" records only 3 reports since settlement viz a bird collected that was feeding in a Loguat Tree at Dobroyde (Haberfield )Gardens in 1865; one feeding on privet berries at Wahroonga August 1942 and seen several times;  and another seen at Collaroy Plateau 11 Aug, 9 Sep and 15 Oct 1985. Since then 1 injured at East Chatswood 6 November 1996, then no records until 2000. There are therefore six records for Sydney presuming that the St Ives bird and the Castlecrag bird are different.
It is interesting to note that the species was first described from Wollongong in 1821!. Note that all the Sydney records are from the North Shore, as are usually the records for the Superb &Rose-crowned Fruit-Doves, which although are only slightly  more   common, usually turn up from March to May.
In recent years there have also been two records from out of the County in the lower Blue Mountains, with one at Kurrajong 8 November 1996 and 2 at Kurrajong Heights 29 April-5 July. These reports represent an extension of range for the Wompoo Fruit-Dove.
Alan Morris
NSWFOC Records Officer
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