Fruit-doves (and similar) in Victoria

Subject: Fruit-doves (and similar) in Victoria
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 08:27:20 +1000
Paul, some further information for you.

a. East Gippsland BOC
Members of the East Gippsland Bird Observation and Conservation would be 
worth talking to as fruit-doves turn almost regularly now in that part of 
the state and I know many of the bird sightings from this area are not 
reported to Birdline though most are formally recorded for the Atlas of 
Victorian Wildlife.  In past discussions with rainforest biologists such 
fruit-eating birds are now considered a natural part of East Gippsland 
bird fauna.

Link - EGBOC -

b. Atlas of Victorian Birds (1987)
It's always worth reading the entries in this old atlas, for habitat and 
other information on Victorian birds.  The book has Superb, Rose-crowned, 
Topknot, Brown Cuckoo-dove and Emerald Dove as the rainforest birds 
recorded for Victoria at that time. Since then of course we've also had 
White-headed Pigeon as a 'regualr' now for the state.

c. Atlas of Victorian Wildlife (AVW)
The AVW and Birds Australia atlasses would be interesting to interrogate 
for distribution information as there are now many records of such species 
now recorded from near Melbourne as well though I'm not aware of any 
observations west of Melbourne.

If you turn up any records in your research that have not been atlassed be 
sure to send them though for atlassing!  With climate change and 
rainforest restoration we can expect increasing records of these species I 

cheers, Martin

Martin O'Brien
Wildlife Biologist - Threatened Species & Communities Section
Department of Sustainability and Environment
2/8 Nicholson St.,
East Melbourne  3002


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