Bustard decline in Victoria (Aust.)

Subject: Bustard decline in Victoria (Aust.)
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 12:05:24 +1000

From: Martin  on 13/03/2001 12:05 PM

Subject:  Bustard decline in Victoria (Aust.)

Some south-east Australian information on Bustard decline for the list.

A check of the Atlas of Victorian Wildlife data for the species shows the

- There are 128 records of the species for Victoria
- pre1900 it was found in eastern and southern Victoria
- between 1900 to 1969 its range contracted to the west of the state
- 1970 to 1989, range further contracts to the far north-west
- 1990 onwards, now only recorded from the Big Desert and sporadic records
elsewhere in north-west.

This shows the well documented (?) decline of Bustards in Victoria.  The species
was listed as a threatened taxon under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act in

Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer - Scientific Advisory Committee
Parks Flora and Fauna Division
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
East Melbourne  3002

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