Superb fruit-dove range
"Andrew Noosa" <>
Sun, 26 Oct 2003 15:23:22 +1000
Re the range of this species, Pizzey states that they come down the east
coast to about Moruya but have turned up in Tassie. I note that Frith in
his book, Pigeons and Doves of Australia, acknowledges that birds have been
recorded reliably down to Vic and Tassie, but he calls birds south of about
Rockhampton "vagrants" (unmethodical wanderers?). Is that a correct
description? They seem to have a set migration pattern here in Noosa -
heading south around Sep/Oct and back north Mar/April. I assume they breed
up north and that there is some form of southerly migration.
Can anyone comment on this? I don't have access to HANZAB. Perhaps Alan
Morris can enlighten us about how common the birds are in NSW?
Frith also suggests that they don't compete for food much with the
rose-crowned fruit-dove, that they will come down lower for vines etc. Does
anyone have any experience of this?
Thanks for any info
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