FW: [Birding-Aus] biogeography of the Otway Range

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Subject: FW: [Birding-Aus] biogeography of the Otway Range
From: Glen Crothers <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 20:59:11 +1000

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[Birding-Aus] biogeography of the Otway RangeDate: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 20:51:16 

Glen, my good friend,
How are you?  I was wondering how I could report a remarkable bird sighting I 
had up here recently.  A flock of about 40 Superb Parrots was cruising around 
the Caldwell area – I was visiting at a farm and the couple on the farm and 
myself had leisurely views of these magnificent parrots, but definitely a first 
recording for our area – they’re known to breed in the Barmah Forest which is 
only about 90 km away.

Geoff Leslie
Pastor, Koondrook-Barham Baptist
50 Mellool St, Barham NSW  2732
web site:

-----Original Message-----From: Glen Crothers 
: Saturday, 1 March 2008 8:23 PMTo: Geoff 
LeslieSubject: FW: [Birding-Aus] biogeography of the Otway Range

> From: > To: > Date: Thu, 28 Feb 
> 2008 21:03:37 +1100> Subject: [Birding-Aus] biogeography of the Otway Range> 
> > Michael Todd asked whether it is true that Eastern Whipbird and Superb 
> Lyrebird are absent from the Otway Range in southern western Victoria. The 
> answer is yes, along with some other wet forest birds as listed by Peter 
> Fuller. Similar gaps appear in the mammal fauna - no Greater Glider or 
> Mountain Brushtail Possum, no Brush-tailed Phascogale [not really a wet 
> forest species but curiously absent] and no Common Wombat although this 
> species used to occur on the Otway Plain to the north of the range and has 
> inexplicably never been recorded in the Otway Range proper, even though the 
> habitat would seem ideal.> > The usual explanation is that the savannah 
> grasslands of the Victorian Volcanic Plain were a barrier to movement of 
> these missing species [except the Wombat]. The Volcanic Plain extends to the 
> sea in the Werribee-Avalon region and on the Bellarine Peninsula preventing 
> forest-dependent species with little dispersal capability from crossing. > > 
> Thus the Otway Range, and Wilsons Promontory for that matter, have bird and 
> mammal faunas that can be considered intermediate between those of the 
> forests of eastern Victoria and Tasmania.> > Peter Menkhorst> 
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