Blackbird's song

Subject: Blackbird's song
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2003 16:00:30 +1000
John Leonard wrote:

that the small population which made up the ancestors of Australian Blackbirds was not representative of the general population in Britain at the time, and included many poor singers, therefore the average quality of song has declined in Australia.

It (the suggested poor singing ability) certainly hasn't lessened their "fitness" in a general sense - they now occupy very diverse habitat and climatic zones in Australia, and are still steadily spreading into semi-arid and subtropical bits of Australia in addition to the more predictable temperate bits. A very successful feral.

Lawrie Conole
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