urban Topknot Pigeons?

To: Ed Williams <>
Subject: urban Topknot Pigeons?
From: Tim Jones <>
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 11:08:58 +1100
We had four in our back yard in Killara yesterday.....

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On 27/11/2012, at 10:50 AM, "Ed Williams" <> wrote:

> I've not seen them in a very urban setting in Sydney - but have seen them in 
> the mangroves in Botany Bay before - which I thought was an unusual site.
> Cheers,
> Ed
>> Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:00:50 +1100
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>> 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:
>> 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.
>> Andrew
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