Re: birding-aus Apostlebird status in se Aust. - 1999

To: "Martin O'Brien"<>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Apostlebird status in se Aust. - 1999
From: Alexandra Appleman <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 1999 09:46:26 +1000
At 08:36 21/06/99 +1000, you wrote:
>(f) The stronghold of the species is probably NSW.  [I eagerly await the
>new Atlas findings on this and other species]

>Apostlebirds are one of a
>number of woodland species that are in decline in parts of their range.

I find your comments on NSW as a stronghold very interesting.  Are you
refering to SE populations only and is there a northern sub-species as with
many other birds?

Last year following good wet season rains Apostlebirds 'appeared to be
everywhere' along the Flinders Highway west of Charters Towers (North
Queensland) and down into the Desert Uplands (Central Western Queensland),
with flocks of 30-40 birds not uncommon. 

At the time I put this dowwn to normal fluctuations in the bird's number
with the availablility of water / insects / grubs etc capping the
population in times of drought.  We even had a small flock on the southern
fringes of Townsville during El Nino years.

My partner and I will be travelling west of the Divide in the next couple
of weeks and I will keep you posted on Apostlebird numbers from this area,
if required. 

Alex Appleman

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