FW: Double-barred Finches

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Subject: FW: Double-barred Finches
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2012 15:52:01 +1000

Joe Forshaw’s comment below..  Good local spots for them are still the zoo area and the Fairbairn cork plantings.  Seedy places with nearby shrub cover – hence the exotics clearing program doesn’t benefit them.  My most recent encounter was a few days ago on the west side of Mugga Lane where there are nests or non-nests, maybe old, maybe new.  G





From: Joe Forshaw
Sent: Monday, 9 July 2012 2:59 PM
To: Geoffrey Dabb
Subject: Double-barred Finches


Hello Geoffrey:

In the light of comments made on the chatboard about apparent declines in Double-barred Finches in Canberra, it should be noted that in our forthcoming book Grassfinches in Australia (released next month), I point out that this species in the only Australian estrildid that is increasing in numbers and expanding its range.

I doubt that it is declining here, but probably is retreating from increased intense urbanisation.

Best wishes,


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