RFI - Song Thrush in natural habitats, SE Australia

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Subject: RFI - Song Thrush in natural habitats, SE Australia
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2003 14:05:47 +1000
Sorry to anyone who doesn't find Song Thrushes in Australia interesting ....

I'm intrigued by their under-representation in the Atlas of Victorian Wildlife, and the general lack of 'regional' records outside Geelong-Melbourne.  There is I believe I for Ballarat, and the Strzelecki Ranges record mentioned by Mike Mules will be in the atlas database somewhere.  I await the new national atlas with interest (for this and other reasons).

Back in the mid 1980s I recorded a Song Thrush in coastal scrub at Cumberland River, just west of Lorne in the Otway Ranges.  I recorded another single bird between Marengo and Apollo Bay in 2001 - well into the Otway Ranges landscape.  These occurrences are approximately 70-100km west of better known haunts in Geelong.  No others in natural or semi-natural habitats for me - mostly a metro garden bird.

Has anyone any un-atlassed Song Thrush records from the countryside to 'fess up at this point?  I'd be most interested to hear about them, and encourage you all to:
  • keep contributing to the ongoing atlas, and 
  • to always include the ferals as well!!
Will they ever become rampant ferals here like they are in NZ?  They've been in Australia as long as most other ferals, but have always been somewhat contained in distribution.  Even the Tree Sparrow has covered more ground in Australia.

Lawrie Conole
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