Fw: [Birding-Aus] Few birds in Madagascar

Subject: Fw: [Birding-Aus] Few birds in Madagascar
From: Nikolas Haass <>
Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2007 17:14:03 -0800 (PST)
I don't have that much experience with Australia yet (only NT and NSW). 
However, my experience so far is that in Australia you typically see much fewer 
bird species than in comparable habitats on the other continents I have visited 
(Eurasia, mainland Africa, North, Central and South America).


Nikolas Haass

Sydney, NSW

----- Original Message ----
From: Peter Shute <>
To: Cliff & Dianne Dent <>; Margaret Joan Wharton 
Sent: Friday, November 23, 2007 9:10:25 AM
Subject: Few birds in Madagascar

>From memory, the original description of birding in Madagascar was that
you could stand in the middle of a lush forest, but see and hear hardly
any birds, and the question was: why?  I can understand that there might
be a lot less birds in that country than there ought to be because
habitat has been lost, but it doesn't explain why the birds appear to be
missing or hiding where there is good habitat.

We may have lost a huge amount of habitat in Australia, but we still see
plenty of birds where there is habitat.  So why the difference?

 wrote on :

> Sounds a bit like Australia!
> Cliff Dent
> Terrigal NSW
> -----Original Message-----
> From: 
>  On Behalf Of
> Margaret Joan Wharton
> Sent: Thursday, 22 November 2007 3:09 PM
> To: 
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Few birds in Madagascar
> I passed on to Greg Calvert, a biologist and birdwatcher from
> Townsville, the question about why there are so few readily accessible
> birds in Madagascar. He replied,  " I have also been birding in
> Madagascar. The reason that Madagascar has so few birds is
> that 90% of
> their forests have been burnt and chopped down and the
> remaining 10% is
> being hacked down as we speak."

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