RAOU Numbers]

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Subject: RAOU Numbers]
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 13:01:01 +1100
> The NSW Bird Atlassers list the Greylag Goose (Anser anser) as RAOU
> Number 987. I have a correspondent who claims this is wrong and that
> 987 is the number for the Weka. Can someone enlighten me as to which
> species is number 987 and, if it is not the goose, what is the goose's
> number? I have never heard of Wekas being seen in Australia.
Re Wekas - they used to be present on Macquarie Island , introduced by
sealers as food supply. I believe they have now been removed on
environmental grounds.

Are there any truly feral Greylags in Australia? I thought domestic park
birds didn't get counted even if living independently.

Anthea Fleming
Ivanhoe, Vic.

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