Pied Butcherbird in Central NSW

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Subject: Pied Butcherbird in Central NSW
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Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2005 13:52:48 +1000
G'day Birders,
I have often wondered why Pied Butcherbirds appear to be so common around 
Newcastle, yet don't seem to be in the sydney area. 

However they do turn up from tome to time. I saw one in Lapstone* in the mid 
'90s (can't remember exactly when). Fortunately it turned up at my parents 
house, so there was another birdo (Dick Turner) there to marvel at this strange 

Graham Turner

*Lapstone is in the lower blue mountians, about 60 km west of Sydney.

> From: "alan morris" 
> Hi Birders,
>> As there would seem to be plenty of suitable habitat for Pied Butcherbirds 
>> on the Cumberland Plains, west of Sydney, particularly in the open space 
>> reserves, domestic stock grazing areas, sports fields etc and golf courses, 
>> it is hard to understand why they have not settled there whereas Choughs and 
>> Apostlebirds have been able to maintain a presence! The only two records I 
>> know for Sydney Region have been for Heathcote and Ashbury, hardly the open 
>> space areas one would expect to find Pied Butcherbirds!
> Alan Morris 

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