> Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:00:50 +1100
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] urban Topknot Pigeons?
> In recents months there have have been Topknot Pigeons report from sites
> well into Sydney suburbia, such as Marrickville, Gladesville, Moore Park,
> Greenwich, where there seem to be no recent records. They've been in my
> local park in Glebe which is part of the Sydney City Local Government area.
> If you want to see how urban these sites are, take a look at the Google
> map view for Petersham: http://goo.gl/maps/5HI3a
> where Simon Gorta reported some yesterday.
> I'm wondering is the one-off event with perhaps lack of fruit elsewhere
> causing the pigeons to forage into sub-optimal habitat?
> Or are the forerunners of a new seasonal or even resident element in
> Sydney's suburban avifauna?
> Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo are an interesting analog. Two decades or
> so ago they were limited to Sydney bushy fringes but now quite sizeable
> flocks forage seasonally into the centre of Sydney. You can see flocks of
> YTBCs wheeling over busy Sydney roads like Anzac Parade in Kensington.
> White Ibis are another interesting urbanization. A few decades ago
> their closest breeding to Sydney was Macquarie Marshes. Now they nest
> in palm Trees on busy roads in the centre of Sydney.
> I'm betting Topknots will join Crested Pigeons as the second native
> pigeon to really urbanize in Sydney (at least seasonally) - not just in
> the leafy suburbs, like bronzewings etc.
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