Spotted Bowerbird in Victoria?

To: "Simon Starr" <>, <>
Subject: Spotted Bowerbird in Victoria?
From: "Ross Macfarlane" <>
Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2012 20:19:40 +1100
I rang my Dad and he confirmed that there are spotted bowerbirds permanently at Yanga Station NP near Balranald, and he has seen them on the Swan Hill-Balranald Road near Kyalite. Also used to be across the Murray River from Robinvale. So it is quite possible that they would be seen in Hattah or close to the Murray, but "scarce as hen's teeth", in his words...

-----Original Message----- From: Simon Starr
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2012 9:08 AM
Subject: Spotted Bowerbird in Victoria?

Hi bird people,

Last weekend my daughter was invited to join a friend's family on a house
boat up at Mildura.  When we picked her up she told me of a few birds she
had seen, which included finding a bowerbirds bower near the river. She has
seen Bowerbird's bowers before a number of times with me in various places
(always the Satin), so she knows what she is looking at. Of course my jaw
dropped when I realized what she had said. This could only be a Spotted
Bowerbird that far north.  I have quizzed her as to the location, but it's
nearly impossible to work it out because they had been sailing upstream for
some hours/days and just moored at a random spot, wherever they felt like,
so somewhere between Mildura and Hattah is as close as I can get at the
moment.  I might try asking her friend's parents where they think it might
be to at least get a better idea. It was on the Victorian side of the river

The last breeding pairs of Spotted Bowerbirds in Victoria seem to have been
in the Swan Hill, Boundary Bend and Robinvale areas according to Hanzab.  I
know there are still birds reported between Moulamein and Balranald at
least, in southern NSW ( I saw a bower in that area a few years back).

Given the good rains in the district over the last couple of years, perhaps
these birds will make a bit of a comeback ? There is so much fruit grown
along the river that I've no doubt they could flourish in the region, if
they were allowed to do so, which is perhaps unlikely.

I'd be interested in anyone's sightings of Spotted Bowerbirds in northern
Victoria or adjacent NSW, particularly recently. I am not aware of any SB's
seen in Victoria in the last few years ?!?


Simon Starr.


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