I meant why three as opposed to two or four. Unless you have equal
numbers of males and females you're going to have odd, non-breeding
birds hanging around. Or are they polygamous and it was one male, two
On 15/12/2007, L&L Knight <> wrote:
> It would appear that they are a pilot group.
> On Saturday, December 15, 2007, at 07:53 PM, John Leonard wrote:
> > Why were three released? Talk about playing the gooseberry.
> > John Leonard
> > On 15/12/2007, L&L Knight <> wrote:
> >> http://www.naturebase.net/content/view/3162/770/
> >> Western bristlebirds find new home
> >> Friday, 14 December 2007
> >> The future of the rare western bristlebird looks brighter following
> >> the
> >> successful translocation of three birds to D'Entrecasteaux National
> >> Park .
> >> Department of Environment and Conservation Principal Research
> >> Scientist
> >> Dr Allan Burbidge said the release was part of ongoing recovery
> >> efforts
> >> by DEC , the South Coast Threatened Birds Recovery Team and volunteers
> >> to re-establish a population west of Albany.
> >> "Nowadays the birds are found from the eastern end of Fitzgerald River
> >> National Park to Two Peoples Bay near Albany, but the species once
> >> occurred further west.
> >> "The translocation is part of an attempt to reintroduce the species to
> >> parts of its former Habitat ," Dr Burbidge said.
> >> The bristlebirds were released near Mandalay Beach in D'Entrecasteaux
> >> National Park.
> >> "The habitat in this area was thought to be suitable for bristlebirds,
> >> due to the dense heath and patches of long unburnt vegetation, similar
> >> to that at Two Peoples Bay, where the three birds were caught in the
> >> wild," he said.
> >> The birds were fitted with radio transmitters and were tracked
> >> intensively for the first week after release to determine their
> >> locations.
> >> "The three birds appear to have settled down and two of them seem to
> >> have paired up. They have been staying close together and singing
> >> duets," Dr Burbidge said.
> >> "If the birds persist, it will give the recovery team some confidence
> >> about the suitability of habitat in the area, and under those
> >> circumstances more will be released in 2008."
> >> Frequent and widespread fires remain the most critical factor likely
> >> to
> >> reduce the suitable habitat area for the western bristlebird. The
> >> species is now considered Vulnerable with less than 350 pairs known.
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