Tameness of Australian Birds

To: "Dean Cutten" <>
Subject: Tameness of Australian Birds
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2005 13:52:19 +1100
Assuming that what Dean tells us is correct, are Australian birds unusually tame or are Alabaman, USA birds unusually cautious? As in what is the baseline? Sure his comments about the potentially confiding nature of many of our birds are quite true. As for what it is based on, I would point out that rails are an atypical group as they are often very hard to approach on large land masses but easily become very tame in particular situations such as islands. They are also very prone to evolving flightlessness apparently rather quickly.

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