Feral Chestnut-breasted Mannikins in Melbourne

To: "Lawrie Conole" <>, "Birding-aus (E-mail)" <>
Subject: Feral Chestnut-breasted Mannikins in Melbourne
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2005 18:53:05 -0800
Hi Lawrie,
When I was at La Trobe University (1975 to 1978) there was a group of them. I wrote it up in my paper: Veerman P.A. 1979, 'Additional Records of Birds from La Trobe University', Australian Bird Watcher 8(2): 40-42. I did not know there were other records at that time. So thanks for pointing that out.
The quote is : "The Chestnut-breasted Finches were first seen in February 1977 and last seen in July 1977, they could usually be easily observed in the reserve." Many people got to see them over that time. There were six of them for the first few months and the number dwindled as winter set in. I did not know if or why they were feral. There was nothing in their behaviour to suggest they were overly familiar with people. I did not think them to be aviary releasees or escapers at the time. These birds do become quite calm in aviaries and these birds were not (I had had them in an aviary for years before that time.)
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