Re: Bower Birds (& blackberry control)

Subject: Re: Bower Birds (& blackberry control)
Date: Tue, 5 Oct 2004 14:02:31 +1000
Welcome to the list Rachel.

Not much around on Bowerbird breeding that is easily available I suspect,
but I offer the following for you.

>From Graham Pizzey's old edition (1980) titled 'A Field Guide to the Birds
of Australia' (Collins: Australia)

p. 368:
Nest: shallow, saucer-like; of sticks, lined with leaves; usually in fork
in head of tree in forest; occasionally in mistletoe, to 16m; usually
within a few hundred metres of active bower.

You will find blackberry removal is a long term job as they continue to
sprout from running, underground stems.  The Victorian Department of
Primary Industries has a 'Notes  Series' on weeds which can be accessed as
follows. Check it out for control of your blackberries.

Dept. Primary Industries (Victoria) -
then 'Weeds'
then 'Regionally prohibited weeds'
then 'Blackberry'

cheers, Martin

Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer, Scientific Advisory Committee
Department of Sustainability and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde. (PO Box 500), East Melbourne  3002

Tel: 9412 4567  Fax: 9412 4586
(prefixes: Interstate 03 International 613)

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