Australian Bustard and the Atlas

Subject: Australian Bustard and the Atlas
From: Rory Poulter - Atlas Project <>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 07:41:04 +1100
Hi everyone

The current Atlas results are showing a strong decline of the Australian
Bustard and the Emu since the first Atlas of 1977-1981.
In the first Atlas there were 3,300 reports for the Australian Bustard and
in the current Atlas there are 1,000 reports. For the Emu the first Atlas
had 11,000 reports and the current Atlas has 4,500 reports. The current
Atlas is about at equivalence point with the first Atlas and these figures
represent a significant decline in these two species.
By state the change in reporting rate for the Australian Bustard over its
main range is as:
Qld -52%, WA -48%,  NT -70%.
For the Emu this is: NSW -68%, Vic -46%, Qld -35%, SA -58%, WA -48%, NT -80%.

These two species are showing some of the strongest declines of any
species. And the dryland ground dwelling species as a group are showing
moderate to strong declines. Obviously this group of birds are under
pressure from a number of factors.


Rory Poulter
Database Custodian

Birds Australia Atlas Project
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