Crested Shrike-tits in Sydney NSW

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Subject: Crested Shrike-tits in Sydney NSW
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 08:58:14 +1000
Hi Birders,
David & Sonia Frew on 20 May 2001 on Birding-aus asked about recent records for Crested Shike-tits in the Sydney Region. Generally Crested Shrike-tits are considered in Sydney to be birds of the Cumberland Palins Woodland and Shale areas, as it is unusual for them to venture into the sandstone forests and urban areas of Sydney. However I have noted some recent Sydney records include 2 at Mirrabeena Park, Milperra on 29 January 1995 and 1 West Chatswood (possibly Mowbray Park?) on 2 July 1995. These records come from the NSW Bird Reports where Sonia & David's record will be recorded because Crested Shrike-tits are one of the decling  woodland species particularly in the Sydney Region.
To all those  people out there who like the odd drop of Hunter Valley Shiraz or Semillion, remember that it is grown on land once previously covered in box/ironbark woodland and unfortunately this habitat is still being cleared in the Hunter Valley for wine-growing purposes! While most of the Cumberland Plains Woodland has been destroyed and hence the habitat for Crested Shrike-tits in the Sydney Region is almost no more, the same fate awaits the Hunter Valley Box/Ironbark forests, particularly in the Cessnock area but unfortunately, it has no protection. At least the Cumberland Plain Woodland is now a Threatened Ecological Community and controls on its clearing are pretty restrictive.
Alan Morris
Records Officer
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