Fawn-breasted Bowerbird Decline?

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Subject: Fawn-breasted Bowerbird Decline?
From: "Lisa & Dominic" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 18:29:19 +1000
Evidence from independant experienced bird tour operators visiting both 'The 
Tip' of Cape York area and also the Iron Range/Chili Beach/Portland Roads area 
suggest that there may be an alarming decline in the abundance of  
Fawn-breasted Bowerbirds.

Tour operators have described Fawn-breasted Bowerbirds as being very hard to 
find now i.e. Uncommon to Rare, but Common 20 years ago.

Locals at Lockhart River have said the same.

So I am just writing to ask:

1. Has anyone else has recorded the same decline
2. Is anyone aware of significant populations elsewhere?
3. Should we be worried?


Dominic Chaplin
Birds Australia North Queensland

Dominic Chaplin
PO Box 208
Bungalow QLD 4870
Tel 0419 028 077 Fax 07 4051 4896

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