Spotted Turtledove introd. - Aust.

Subject: Spotted Turtledove introd. - Aust.
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2003 08:56:26 +1000
I've just checked the entry for Spotted Turtledove in Long's 1981 book
'Introduced Birds of the World' and he makes no specific mention for why
this species was introduced into any country.  He dose, howver, give
details on the dates and localities of releases and 'escapees' (eg. during
a storm over the Adelaide Zoo in 1931).  The species was first released as
early as the 1860s in Melbourne and '...were still being dispatched to
country centres (of Western Australia) in the 1920s.'

Spotted Turtledoves appear to be well established in coastal centres across
southern and eastern Australia and it will be interesting to see what the
new Atlas of Australian Birds shows for the species.

Long, John, L. (1981) Introduced Birds of the World: The worldwide history,
distribution and influence of birds introduced to new environments.
Agricultural Protection Board of Western Australia.  Reed Books: Sydney.
ISBN 0 589 50260 3

Martin O'Brien
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