Major Mitchells

To: "Melissa Falconer" <>
Subject: Major Mitchells
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 00:29:21 +1000
Re this: "My travelling partner has studied MMC's for several decades in the 
area and could only identify half a dozen immature birds, which sadly seems to 
back the theory that the population is ageing and on the decline."

Is that so? What time of year do they breed there? Would it not be the case 
that at this time of year, most young birds are no longer dependant. On that 
basis at this time of year there would be expected to be few Dependant Young, 
if that is what is meant by immature birds? (How else do you tell them apart?)


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