Mistletoebird - brainteaser

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Subject: Mistletoebird - brainteaser
From: "Colin Driscoll" <>
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2004 09:44:06 +1000
I'm not familiar with the Tassie ecology so what birds/mammals are seed dispersers for the mistletoe?
Colin Driscoll
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Agree with Andrew re Mistletoebirds in Tasmania. The fact that Lyrebirds, that are supposed to be one of the oldest passerine families don't exist in Tasmania suggests to me that the bridge during the glacial periods didn't have enough suitable habitat, or didn't exist long enough, for certain species to colonise. Both Lyrebirds and Kookaburras survive in Tassie after being introduced, but never made it across naturally.

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