Buff-banded Rails on Lord Howe Island

Subject: Buff-banded Rails on Lord Howe Island
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Mon, 24 May 2004 14:28:13 -0000
Ian Hutton's explanation for the irruption of Buff-banded Rails on LHI is as

'Re Buff banded rail - when I came in 1980 you could find one or two by
careful observation in cut grass swamp at the foot of Mount Lidgbird . Then
when cats were banned in 1982 they gradually spread and have been common in
the settlement probably from about 1990 and increasing. There is a little
bit of concern, but no facts, that they may be competing with Woodhens for
food. They are pretty much confined to the settlement cleared areas, not in

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mt Eliza    VIC     3930
Ph:  (03) 9787 7136

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