Legal status

Subject: Legal status
From: "Peter Ewin" <>
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 17:36:12 +1100
To just expand on what Dion said about Brolgas, they are listed as Vulnerable under the Threatened Species Conservation (TSC) Act. This means that they may become endangered if the current threats continue (I would be very surprised if populations are increasing though in certain areas they are regularly recorded). A comment on the Bowerbird issue. When QNPWS was quoted saying the Golden Bowerbird is a 'common' bird they were legally correct. Neither the Golden or Tooth-billed Bowerbird is listed on the Federal (Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation) or Queensland (Nature Conservation Act) threatened species lists. The legal definition of a common bird is "A bird indigenous to Australia (other than a presumed extinct, endangered, vulnerable or rare bird)" so what they said is technically true. This surprises me a bit, particularly for the Qld list. If these birds are as restricted as seems to be coming from the response from FNQ, maybe some lobbying should be done to add these species to list (sorry don't know who exactly should be contacted - in NSW we have a Scientific Commitee that adds species to the list).
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