Bimblebox finches

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Subject: Bimblebox finches
From: Ian May <>
Date: Fri, 04 May 2012 08:44:39 +1000
Hello Peter and Paul

Not sure about DNA and banding analysis but, I would be interested to find more about the Brimblebox discovery of Black-throated Finch? What sub species has been located there? Under what circumstances and who found them? How close is this discovery to the previously expected population?
Does anyone know of a published reference to the Brimblebox find?

This morning I had a look for information about australian distribution and captive collections of Black-throated Finch and found this link interesting.


Specifically it says

Land Tenure of Populations

Records of the Black-throated Finch (southern) in northern Queensland have been mainly from leasehold or freehold land. Near Townsville, the subspecies has also been reported on council and Commonwealth Department of Defence land, with a few records on a Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service nature refuge at Serpentine Lagoon (BTF Recovery Team 2004). There are four areas dedicated as Nature Refuges for the Black-throated Finch (southern) in the Townsville region: Upper Sleeper Log Creek, Ollera Creek, Stuart Creek and Oak Valley (Townsville Bulletin 2008).

Records of the Black-throated Finch (southern) from central and southern Queensland during the past 20 years have been from either roadsides or private land (BTF Recovery Team 2004).

Captive populations
The Black-throated Finch (southern) is popular with aviculturists, and breeds readily in captivity. In the early 1990s, it was estimated that approximately 5000 birds were being held in private collections (Garnett 1993; Garnett & Crowley 2000).

At the species level, captive populations of the Black-throated Finch are maintained at Auckland Zoological Park in New Zealand, Zoologico De Santillana Del Mar in Spain, Attica Zoological Park in Greece, Frankfurt Zoo in Germany, Budapest Zoological and



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