Spotted Turtledove introd. - Aust.

Subject: Spotted Turtledove introd. - Aust.
From: "Frank O'Connor" <>
Date: Fri, 08 Aug 2003 22:02:41 +0800
At 08:56 06/08/2003 +1000, Martin O'Brien wrote:
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.'

They haven't been very successful in the country centres of WA from what I have seen. I can't remember seeing one in the country, but I could have forgotten or not visited the town. Laughing Turtle-Dove has done much better.

Spotted Turtle-Dove is common in Perth, and also at Rottnest Island just off the coast.

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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