Wallace's Fruit-Dove in Australia

Subject: Wallace's Fruit-Dove in Australia
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2005 16:56:02 -0800
George Swann has received information regarding a Wallace's Fruit-Dove which
was present aboard an Australian naval vessel for a day a few weeks ago. The
bird was seen by several of the crew one of whom recorded a good, detailed,
technical description. BUT no photographs were obtained although the bird
permitted approach to within a metre! The ship was in Australian waters some
170 km north of Cape Londonderry, the most northerly point on the Kimberley
    This is an unmistakable, distinctive, small island species resident in
eastern Wallacea and the western NG region. The nearest site is Babar in the
Arafura Sea some 550 km to the NNE.

    Assuming all are accepted, this would be the NINTH (9th) new bird for
Australia that I first heard about in the last six months, i.e. since
September last year!

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mt Eliza    VIC     3930
Ph:  (03) 9787 7136

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