Blackall Range Albert Lyrebird

Subject: Blackall Range Albert Lyrebird
From: "Andrew Noosa" <>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2003 14:08:19 +1000
Hi again
In the same edition of The Sunbird in which Prof Kikkawa proposes a new species of Zosterops, Syd Curtis reproduced an excerpt from The Emu (Vol 69 Pt 2 pp 118-119) in which J D Macdonald presented evidence (largely from egg collection records) of Albert lyrebird occurring in the Mary River/ Blackall Range area of SEQ before the area was massively logged last century. The evidence is hard to dismiss. If we accept that the Albert lyrebird is now locally extinct in that part of its former range, what do people think about the possibility of reintroducing it? Has there been sufficient habitat regeneration? Are there ethical or conservation objections? Could a population, for example, be established in the Bunya Mountains (even though there is no evidence of them having occurred there)? I would be interested in hearing any views people have on this subject. Thanks
PS The Sunbird edition was largely devoted to the memory of James David Macdonald (1908-2002), Foundation President of the Qld Ornithological Society. A truly wonderful man.

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