birding-aus Peacock

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Subject: birding-aus Peacock
From: "Richard Yank" <>
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 20:54:50 -0500

In reading Forgotten Patriots, a recent book by Jack Cahill on 
the history of Canadian and American rebels transported to 
Australia in 1838-1840, I cam across the following quote from an 
American exile who eventually made his way to a station 150 
miles inland from Melbourne:  "Aye, the woods are enchanting, 
with their myriads of bright plumaged birds, and the gaudy 
peacock - which here, in its wild state, far exceeds its 
domesticated kindred in size and proud bearing, and the 
unrivalled brilliancy of its plumes."

Was the introduced peacock to be found in the "wild state" in 
the bush of Victoria at this time?

Richard Yank

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