a Portugal visit and a trivia question

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Subject: a Portugal visit and a trivia question
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Fri, 2 Oct 2009 22:28:13 +1000
You may be interested that Lisbon is one of the 16 cities featured in
the book: 'Birds in European Cities', a quite interesting read and my
review (2006) of that book was published in Emu 106(2): 171-172.

Philip Veerman
24 Castley Circuit
Kambah  ACT  2902
02 - 62314041

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Andrew Taylor
Sent: Thursday, 1 October 2009 1:52 PM
Subject: a Portugal visit and a trivia question

A conference took me to Lisbon this month and I squeezed in a little
bird-watching. Very productive birdwatching actually because a Finnish
colleague attending the same conference arranged a day-and-half for us
with Joao Jara as a guide (highly recommended, see

I discovered Lisbon sits on vast estuary the Tagus with exposed midflats
~20km across - and depending on time-of-year vast numbers of breeding,
migrating or wintering birds. September was somewhat in between seasons
but we enjoyed a couple of hours with piles of interesting birds such as
Cettis&Sardinian Warblers, Spoonbill, Greater Flamingo, Black Tern and
Squacco Heron,

An hour or two's drive from Lisbon takes you into dry grasslands &
woodland which we spend a day exploring - ancient towns and interesting
birds such as Griffon&Black Vultures, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Thekla
Lark, Azure-winged Magpie, Great Bustard, Red-legged Partridge.

Which brings me to the trivia question.

In Portugal I saw some non-passerines which breed both in Australia &
Portugal: Barn Owl, Peregrine Falcon, Osprey, Glossy Ibis, Cattle Egret
and various other water/sea birds.

I also saw a few passerines which have been known to winter in Australia
like  Barn Swallow, White & Grey Wagtails and couple which might like
Red-rumped Swallow and Northern Wheatear.  Also obvious were some
passerines introduced into Australia like European Blackbird, House
Sparrow, Common Starling.

But I saw only one passerine which breeds in both Australia & Portugal
and is native to both.  And I think its the only passerine species which
has native breeding populations in both Europe & Australia.

As its identity isn't obvious, its not a bad trivia question - 
although some people on the list will know what it is instantly. Anyway
I'll post the answer in a subsequent message.


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