birding-aus Exotic Plants and native birds

Subject: birding-aus Exotic Plants and native birds
From: "Peter Ekert" <>
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 1999 01:54:23 GMT
Dear All,

The use of exotic vegetation by birds is always of interest. The continued planting of exotic plant species by humans in urban gardens will continue to provide resources for exotic and native birds (often an exotic is better than no tree).

Some research in the north east of NSW has focussed on the importance of fruit bearing trees such as Camphor laurel and privet to rainforest pigeons. These plant species have been one of the major factors contributing to the increase the numbers of many threatened rainforest pigeons in the region (Wompoo, rose-crowned, superb fruit doves).

In other areas, the introduction of fruit bearing trees has provided concentrated areas for flocking Pied Currawongs to migrate to during the winter period.

I am particularly interested in the use of large and small leafed privet by birds in the sydney and central coast region. I would be interested to know if anyone has any feeding records of birds in privet (large leafed) and if and where there are any major privet infestations in the sydney region. I am led to beleive that the Picton region has major privet stands (??)


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