Diamond Doves in the Sydney Region

To: "'Alan Morris'" <>, "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: Diamond Doves in the Sydney Region
From: "Graham" <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 14:03:36 +1000
Gidday Birders,
                        Thanks to Alan Morris for his reply, it makes a lot of sense. However, other replies suggest that it is a wild bird. The question becomes, is it possible to separate wild birds from escapees? For recent escapees their behaviour gives it away, similarly when a 'pearl' Cockatiel flys past you know what's going on plus there is usually a Sparrowhawk not far away. So, other than being in a flock is it possible to know the origin of this bird??
I'm sure there are several other species which this question relates to. Anyway, I think I'll have to go back to Castlereagh NR and look again, when the bird was first seen it was in a flock of Peaceful Doves and was discounted as such. Maybe there are more in the flock.
Graham Turner
-----Original Message-----
From: Alan Morris
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Diamond Doves in the Sydney Region

Hi Birders,
Graham Turner ask about records of Diamond Doves in the Sydney Region. While in the past, notably in 1897 and 1942 Diamond Doves during drought years were reported in small flocks in parts of Sydney, in recent years only single birds have occasionally been sighted. As Diamond Doves usually move north out of NSW in winter, and Diamond Doves are common avairy birds, I would treat any records of single birds in the Sydney and Central Coast Regions as avairy excapees.
Alan Morris
Editor, NSW Annual Bird Report
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