Re: Gould's Petrel conservation

Subject: Re: Gould's Petrel conservation
From: "Martin O'Brien" <>
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 1996 08:28:37 -0812 (utc)
Interesting to hear of Irene D's exploits with this rare seabird.

GEO magazine had an article about the species earlier this year which 
highlighted the fact that Pied 
Currawongs were amongst the main villains w.r.t Gould's P conservation.  I seem 
to remember the 
Currawongs behaved like Butcherbirds, attacking Petrels and wedging there 
bodies in the trees.  
Maybe Irene can confirm this.

The RAOU's publication HANZAB (vol. 1A, p 502) notes that in Australia the 
species only breeds on 
Cabbage Tree Island and also that the European Rabbit was introduced to the 
island in 1906.  In 1943 
the island was used for gunnery practice (!) until this was stopped.

Apparently the removal of the ground layer by Rabbits helps the Currawongs 
secure Petrels.  Remove 
the Rabbits and maybe the Petrel will survive in greater numbers.
Martin O'Brien
Wildlife Policy Officer
Flora and Fauna Branch
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
GPO Box 41
East Melbourne,  3002
Tel: +61 3  9412 4273
Fax: +61 3 9412 4586

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