The Great Northern Beaches Fairy-wren Survey

To: Ricki Coughlan <>
Subject: The Great Northern Beaches Fairy-wren Survey
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2007 12:44:28 +1000
The survey sounds a great idea.

For those outside Sydney's northern suburbs, the Australian Museum &
Birds Australia have an online survey for Superb Fairy Wrens at:
Also there are surveys about first annual  observations of Koels and
Channel-bills and backyard birds.

I don't know about Superb FWs as indicator species though. They can
certainly persist in very heavily modified habitat  This morning I
saw 2 at King Street Wharf (where the cruise ships dock) - in the heart
of Sydney's CBD.  Their density is said to increase with some types of
disturbance so they may be (to some extent) an anti-indicator species.

The density of Superb FWs in Sydney northern suburbs in this map:
is surprisingly low and maybe the Northern Beaches survey will through
some light on this.



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