Blackall Range Albert Lyrebird

Subject: Blackall Range Albert Lyrebird
From: "Andrew Noosa" <>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2003 20:05:10 +1000
Hello Syd
Thank you very much for your thoughts on this topic. I have 2 more questions you may like to comment on: 1. what happens to the chicks produced by Albert lyrebirds in such fairly developed spots like Mt Tamborine (another place close to your heart)? If all the territories are full, where do the chicks end up? Would it be beneficial to transfer some to the Conondales, in your opinion? 2. there are pigs in the Conondales? Would that be a fatal factor for lyrebirds? (Are there pigs in Lamington?). Thanks again for the benefit of your experience with these magnificent birds.

From: Syd Curtis <>
To: Andrew Noosa <>
CC: bird <>
Subject: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] Blackall Range Albert Lyrebird
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2003 06:27:33 +1000

Hello Andrew,

        I think that it would be undesirable to introduce lyrebirds to the
Bunya Mts. Firstly, as a basic principle that one should not interfere with
the natural condition of any national park.  If lyrebirds had once occurred
there, then there might be case for arguing that reintroduction would be
restoring the natural condition, but there is no suggestion that they did in
recent times.  (The Riversleigh lyrebird fossil indicates that lyrebirds
once extended much further north than they do now.)

Secondly it is a particularly interesting area from a biogeographic point of
view and its probable past climatic history.  Even if it were not NP, such
an introduction might prejudice future research and understanding of the

The same objections don't apply to the Blackall Range.  There may well have
been lyrebirds there in the past since the Range drains on the west into the
Mary Valley.  In addition to the egg-collection records, the egg-collector
Sid Jackson had a note in his diary when collecting in the Mary Valley to
the effect that he had seen an Albert Lyrebird in full display.  (I think
the CSIRO Div. of Wildlife in Canberra has his diary, or a copy of it.)

However, if re-introduction were to be considered, I suggest that the
Conondale Range on the other side of the Mary would be a better proposition.
It is almost all State Forest or National Park and has what appears to be
excellent habitat for Albert's.



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