Eurasian Magpie at Port Hedland, WA and other reports

To: "John Graff" <>, "Birding-Aus" <>, "Birds WA E-Mail List" <>
Subject: Eurasian Magpie at Port Hedland, WA and other reports
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 11:35:51 +1000
Simon Mustoe raised the possibility that this bird might be a Black-billed Magpie. No chance! With ships arriving at Port Hedland daily from Asia it would be that taxon rather than its relative from North America. The differences are slight the most obvious being a grey band across the lower back/rump but that area of the plumage is not visible in the adequate but rather ordinary photo. Parsimony states such criteria unnecessary. This is one of a few strange occurrences I've heard of recently. Currently there is a rather pallid looking 'Barbary Dove' on Lord Howe island thought possibly a natural arrival from the feral NZ population. Another is an old observation from a person (nascent birder) who produced photos of a duck we identify as a Lesser Whistling Duck taken in Malaysia which, he claims, is the same species as a bird he saw at the sewage works on Christmas Island. You may remember that a putrid unidentified duck was pulled from a tank there last year.

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136

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