birding-aus Black Bitterns in Victoria (Aust.)

Subject: birding-aus Black Bitterns in Victoria (Aust.)
From: "Martin O'Brien"<>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 1999 09:04:21 +1000

Alan Morris is indeed correct with his note about Black Bitterns
(Ixobrychus flavicollis australis) occurring as far south as the NSW -
Victorian border.  In 1997 I researched the distribution and conservation
status of this species and found the following.

- Black Bitterns (BB) are rarely recorded in Victoria.  There are only 10
records of BBs in 100 years of data in the Atlas of Victorian Wildlife
- BBs have only been recorded from secluded riparian vegetation in the
lower reaches of a few coastal East Gippsland streams with forested

The most recent reports have been from observers staying at the Gypsy Point
Lodge (near Mallacoota - East Gippsland) where BBs have been seen from boat
trips offered by the owners of this accomodation.

This information is part of the Scientific Advisory Committee
Recommendation Report to list the species as threatened in Victoria.
Copies of the short  recommendation report are available from me, should
anyone be interested.

Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer
Scientific Advisory Committee
Threatened Species Program
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
East Melbourne,  3002

tel: +61 3 9412 4567
fax: +61 3 9412 4586

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