Brush Turkey invasion ??
Andrew Taylor <>
Tue, 3 Nov 2009 08:29:12 +1100
I'm not sure anyone posted a link to yesterday's Herald story:
The reporter unfortunately has jumbled some details - koels and
Channel-billed Cuckoos are unlikely to displace small birds.
By parasitizing wattlebirds & currawongs respectively they might
even assist smaller birds.
An alternative explanation for koels & CBCs increase in Sydney abundance
(mentioned in the above article) is diet, as other frugivores like
White-headed Pigeon & Figbird have also been expanding south. But maybe
it host availability. One koel host - Magpie-lark was formerly much
more abundant in Sydney - but Figbirds & wattlebirds are certainly more
abundant now. Not sure if CBCs have more hosts available now.
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