Tidbinbilla's Captive Birds: Setting the record straight

Subject: Tidbinbilla's Captive Birds: Setting the record straight
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2006 10:12:04 +1100

There have been several questions raised on this discussion list about whether certain birds are captive or wild at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and wetlands.
I will try to set the record straight by referring to the Environment ACT/Tidbinbilla NR's 1997 "Birds of Tidbinbilla" pamphlet and complete bird list.

It states the following:

Magpie Goose*
Musk Duck*
Freckled Duck*
Cape Barren Goose*
Australian Shelduck*
Australian White Ibis*
Royal Spoonbill*

* Most or all occurrences are captive birds or their descendants.

I think we could have added Australian Bustard to this list, although they also perished in the 2003 bushfires.




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