A British Perspective on Urban Birds in Australia

To: "'Laurie Knight'" <>, "'Carl Clifford'" <>
Subject: A British Perspective on Urban Birds in Australia
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2011 18:33:09 +1000
Carl's comment probably comes from this extract: 

"The noisy miner, a native with a distinctive, high-pitched call also
known as a 'squeaker', and the koel, a large cuckoo bird, are the most
common troublemakers.

The problem is that they are nocturnal birds. I personally like their
sound, but some people don't," Davis said."

It only appears to include Noisy Miners as the nocturnal birds (they
aren't) only because the sentence structure is confusing. The
implication is that it says Koels are. Which is certainly correct in
terms of their calling. What Carl has interpreted arises from the
annoying journalistic habit of joining sentences when they shouldn't and
making one sentence paragraphs and thus losing the right connections of


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Laurie
Sent: Tuesday, 26 April 2011 3:31 PM
To: Carl Clifford
Cc: Birding Aus
Subject: A British Perspective on Urban Birds in

A bird that stirs during the night, must, ipso facto, be a nocturnal  
bird.  Either that, or birds that are active when it is dark in the UK  
must by definition be nocturnal.

On 26/04/2011, at 3:18 PM, Carl Clifford wrote:

> Koels and Noisy Miners nocturnal birds? The bulk of Sydney's parrots
> are part of a colony that used to enjoy the wetlands that existed  
> prior to settlement? All I can say is Oh Dear. At least they didn't  
> mention the Drop Bears and Sabre-toothed Antichinus. Perhaps they  
> were the subject of an earlier article.
> Cheers,
> Carl Clifford
> On 26/04/2011, at 2:46 PM, Laurie Knight wrote:
> see 
> ttitude-2274551.html


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