Eurasian Magpie at Port Hedland, WA and other reports

To: Mike Carter <>
Subject: Eurasian Magpie at Port Hedland, WA and other reports
From: Bird-O Admin <>
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 11:39:54 +1000
Is this not it?


Simon Mustoe
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On 10 April 2012 11:35, Mike Carter <> wrote:

> 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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