Topknot Pigeons on the NSW Far South Coast

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Subject: Topknot Pigeons on the NSW Far South Coast
From: "Allan Morris" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2000 18:21:04 +1000
Hi Birders,
I was recently asked what was the status of the Topknot Pigeon on the far South Coast of NSW so I looked up the records for the past 10 years. In 1981 the distribution of the Topknot Pigeon in NSW was given as "Moderately common, South to about Bermagui, with large flocks travelling between food sources bieng more conspicuous April-November" (Morris, McGill & Holmes 1981).
This would appear to be still the pattern
1989    Moruya area Jul-Aug
1990    Reported south to Cuttagee Lake Jan-Feb
1991    No far South Coast records
1992    15 Bega -Tathra area 3 Jan
1993    20 Wallaga Lake 22-23 Dec
1994    70 Yambulla 24/10-4/11, 11 Kiah 12 Nov (not far from the Vic border!) & 42 on Gabo Island Nov-Dec
1995    11 Bega River 21 Feb
1996    2 Wallagoot lake 24 Feb
1997    15 Wagonga Inlet (Narooma) 13 Sep, 10 Bournda NP (near Merimbula) 28 Sep & 1 Wallaga Lake 8 Nov
1998    10 Bermagui 10 Jan & 1-6 Nov.
From these records it would appear that the birds only reached the Victoria border about in one year in 10, and for the most part, the Bega River and not Bermagui seems to be the normal most southerly limit. However records for the far South Coast are for the period September to February, with most observation being for December-February.
Alan Morris
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