Olive Whistler at Glenelg NP

Subject: Olive Whistler at Glenelg NP
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001 11:42:30 +1000

From: Martin  on 19/06/2001 11:42 AM

Subject:  Olive Whistler at Glenelg NP

Steve Clark's observation of an Olive Whistler in his recent posting is of some

The  'Action  Plan  for  Australian  Birds  -  2000'  (Garnett and Crowley 2000)
classified  this  form  of the species (Pachycephala olivacea hesperus) as 
Threatened?  and  mentions  that  habitat  clearance  has  probably  halved  the
subspecies?  distribution.   The  previously  continuous  population  from South
Australia  to  the  Glenelg  area  in  Victoria  is  now  isolated into separate
populations  ie.  birds  near  Port  Fairy may now be isolated from those in SA.
Also,  there  have been only two records of the species breeding in the Atlas of
Victorian  Wildlife.   Schodde and Mason (1999, p. 435) show the distribution of
each  subspecies  across  Australia.   The Glenelg form is clearly isolated from
other populatiuons in se Australia.

Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer - Scientific Advisory Committee
Parks Flora and Fauna Division
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
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