White-headed Pigeon's status in Melbourne VIC

To: michael norris <>
Subject: White-headed Pigeon's status in Melbourne VIC
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2017 09:13:01 +0000
Apparently White-headed Pigeons were first seen in Mallacoota around 2010.
They now breed there and I've seen up to 15 in a flock.  So they have been
moving towards Melbourne.

Koels are daily events at 'coota in Summer.

Martin Butterfield

On 28 July 2017 at 18:10, michael norris <> wrote:

>         For the past 2 months or so a pair of White-headed Pigeons have
> been
> recorded (with good pics) in Brighton, Melbourne, about 9km from the
> CBD.
> These are extraordinary sightings of the species in terms of location
> and time of year, and I'd be very interested to have thoughts about
> whether or not the birds could have come from aviaries.
> There has been no advertisement about lost birds on the web, including
> Gumtree, that I could find.  But then our Barbary Doves were almost
> certainly dumped from aviaries.
> As to their being wild birds, I have in mind another species that
> thrives on fruit trees introduced into Melbourne.  A female Koel was
> recorded in warmer months about 16km from the CBD between 1986 and
> 1992 (at least).  That was well before the species became regular
> (and breeding??) in Melbourne.  And then there are the Channel-billed
> Cuckoos....
> As I said, I'm most interested in thoughts - and data.
> Michael Norris
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