Pied Currawongs in Melbourne

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Subject: Pied Currawongs in Melbourne
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 13:26:21 +1100
Peter Shute wrote:

>I've never seen or heard one in Altona, 15km west of the city, so they
either haven't reached here or the
>habitat is unsuitable (or I've missed them).

Melbourne's bird fauna west of circa Merri Creek is quite different from
that to the east of that mark - probably reflecting the underlying effects
of original source communities of birds in an area which used to be largely
grassland and grassy open-woodland (versus forests, woodlands, swamp scrub,
etc. in the middle - east), and ongoing habitat differences relating to
underlying geology, rainfall, etc.

Altona is well west of the notional east-west divide, so the absence of Pied
Currawongs as residents (at the moment) or frequent visitors is to be
expected - they'll probably get there though, as Altona has a number of
habitat similarities to the middle and eastern suburbs.

regards, Lawrie

Lawrie Conole
Northcote 3070 AUSTRALIA
lconole at gmail dot com

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