birding-aus Feral populations

Subject: birding-aus Feral populations
From: Hugo Phillipps <>
Date: Mon, 02 Aug 1999 15:57:03
Hi everybody -

First of all, thanks to everyone who has contributed to this discussion and
stimulated some further thinking and action.

The Birds Australia Atlas Project is keen to receive reports of all wild
birds seen in Australia (even if you think it is likely that they have
escaped from captivity).  It is far better for the Atlas database to be
inclusive rather than exclusive on this matter; interpretation of the data
and arguments about exactly what category the birds fall into can come
later.  So if a Long-billed Corella or a Peach-faced Lovebird or an Andean
Condor visits your Brisbane garden, please record it - preferably on an
Atlas record form and as an Incidental Record if not part of an Area
Search.  Please also record any signs of breeding activity and additional
notes (provided for on the back of the Atlas record form) that may be

Moreover, the Atlas Project wants to do more than this.  In order to be
better able to interpret these records later on, it will be very useful to
have historic records (that is, earlier than the new Atlas commencement
date of August 1998) of wild bird populations out of what is considered
their natural range.  So if you have records of (for example) Long-billed
Corellas in Brisbane or Darwin in the 1980s, please send these records to
the Atlas Project (contact details below or email: <> for
those who are not part of the project yet) for collation and later

In this way we hope to put together a good picture of when such populations
of birds became established and their subsequent expansions and/or declines.


Hugo Phillipps,
Communications Coordinator
Birds Australia,
415 Riversdale Road,
Hawthorn East, VIC 3123, Australia.
Tel: (03) 9882 2622. Fax: (03) 9882 2677.
O/s: +61 3 9882 2622. Fax: +61 3 9882 2677.
Email: <>
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