Hi Laurie and others
I can't answer your specific questions without digging out
filed records but I can give some general info on the
Common Myna in SEQ.
With the help of many members of Birds Queensland,
I've just completed a second garden
bird survey for Queensland, running for a year over 1999-2000,
20 years after the first in 1979/80. (Sunbird 2002: 32: 37-51).
Records (weekly) came from 123 gardens (100 in 79/80) over a
year and were predominantly from the SE of Queensland. On
average we had 28.5 weeks or records from each garden (28.2
Common Myna is now 34th on the list of species, recorded from
28% of the gardens while in 79/80 it was only recorded from 5%
In 1978/80 it was recorded from only 5% of the records (weeks x sites)
and in 1999/2000 this had increased to 11%.
So it is still fairly patchy in the SE, its rate of increase by sites
of 23% over the 20 years is matched or bettered by the following species:
Rainbow Lorikeet, +46%
Crested Pigeon, 34%
Blue-faced Honeyeater, 24%
Noisy Miner, 23%
It is the small species that have declined!
At 01:04 PM 21/02/2003 +1100, you wrote:
When I was touring the Sunshine Coast of SE Queensland last week, I
didn't see any Common Mynas! This is good news of course, but I suspect
I just drove down the wrong roads. Are they present in places like
Caloundra and Nambour? If not, how far away are they? I didn't even
notice any at Brisbane Airport, which surprised me a bit.
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