how many endemic mainland breeders?

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Subject: how many endemic mainland breeders?
From: Jonny Schoenjahn <>
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:45:47 +0000
Hello all,

has anyone counted the number of bird species endemic to Australia that breed, 
or are known to have bred at some time, on the mainland?

I intend to compare the threats to the endemic mainland breeder Grey Falcon 
with the threats faced by other endemic mainland breeders, and will be very 
grateful for the information. The taxonomy followed plays a role of course, but 
all is good as long as it is known.

Many years ago I asked the late Glenn Holmes how many bird species he had seen 
in Australia. His reply surprised me at the time, but I since adopted Glen’s 
approach. He replied that he had seen all but 2 or 3 (if I remember correctly) 
mainland breeders. Glenn is surely sadly missed.


Jonny Schoenjahn
Perth, Western Australia
T: (08) 9385 9939

PhD Student (Grey Falcon)
School of Biological Sciences
The University of Queensland

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