resource for overseas and beginning birders

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Subject: resource for overseas and beginning birders
From: "John Leonard" <>
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 14:34:36 +1000
I'm thinking of a resource for overseas birders and beginning birders in

It would a colour-coded list of Australian bird species to be used in
conjunction with the distribution maps in field-guides, which would
categorise species under heading such as:

within range, common and easily found in semi-natural and natural habitats;

within range, fairly common and fairly easily found in natural habitats;

within range, found only in specific natural habitats;

restricted range or remote inland range, requires visits to specific areas
of the country or remote inland areas, occurrence may depend on good rains,
good condition of country, pure luck;

pelagic species unlikely to be seen from land, will require attendance on
pelagic trips off specific coasts (eg SE NSW, SW WA);

vagrant sp, likely to seen only very rarely, or as part of a 'twitch' based
on specific information

There would also be notes to spp where necessary, giving extra information.

I know that when I was starting bird-watching (in both UK and Aus) I would
have been grateful for this information, as the field guides either didn't
seem to give this information, or seemed to imply that certain spp were
commoner than I found them to be.

Do other people think this would be a useful idea?

John Leonard

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