Possible Tasmanian Morepork in Victoria

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Subject: Possible Tasmanian Morepork in Victoria
From: "Murray Lord" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2013 07:10:20 +1000

Jerry Olsen and Stephen Debus have an article in the latest issue of Australian 
Field Ornithology discussing migration of Tasmanian Boobooks.  While I haven’t 
seen it yet, I believe they also raise the point you have, that perhaps these 
birds are residents on the mainland and not migrants.

That said, one of the few mainland specimens is from Gabo Island, and if my 
memory is correct there are records of boobooks landing on ships in Bass 
Strait, so there is anecdotal evidence pointing the other way.

At one point I obtained some Atlas data on reporting rates for Boobooks through 
the year in both Tasmania and Victoria.  The Tasmanian numbers didn’t look that 
different from Victoria.  So if there is migration, this tends to suggest it’s 
small scale.

I know that there’s some genetic work being done overseas on the whole Boobook 
complex so it will be interesting to see how it plays out.  Nikolas Haass 
mentioned I have some photos of Boobook specimens.  If anyone is interested 
they can be found at

Murray Lord

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