Pied Imperial Pigeon

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Subject: Pied Imperial Pigeon
From: "Stanley, Mark M" <>
Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 19:41:10 +0800
Hi Meredyth,

Angus's find is certainly unusual as he has already realised. A good site to 
find information on bird distribution is
By typing the bird's name in the box you get by default a distribution map of 
the species for all Australia. It allows zooming in to almost any level of 
detail. The other very useful feature for migratory birds is the ability to 
refine the search by month. As you can see with the Pied Imperial Pigeon, the 
nearest record to you is Port Macquarie (in fact the only record for all of NSW 
in Birdata). But to make it even more unusual, most of these birds migrate to 
PNG for the winter and so there are not that many records in May even in its 
normal range. So it is probably an escaped bird.  Though it could be the result 
of a reverse migration - where a young bird flies in the wrong direction for 
its migration. This is the time of year that this can happen. Tell him to keep 
a look out - it could turn up again.


Mark Stanley

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