Thursday, 16 July 2015

Decrease in native bird sightings

Sightings of magpies, kookaburras and willie wagtails are on the decline in some parts of Australia, according to a major report on the health of the country's bird population.

The odds of seeing a kookaburra have decreased at a rate of 40 per cent across south-eastern Australia, which includes Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.

Magpie sightings have also dropped to 22.5 percent on the east coast.

Researchers were surprised to find that the most 'common birds' were the ones not doing so well when the State of Australia's Birds 2015 report was released by Birdlife Australia. 

'We've known for some time that many rare bird populations are declining, but we were not aware of the decline of these very common and iconic Australian birds,' Birdlife Australia chief executive Paul Sullivan said.

The report found most birds, including magpies and willie wagtails, were declining in some areas of Australia but increasing elsewhere.

While the odds of seeing a magpie on the east coast have decreased, sightings have increased in other states and Tasmania.

Willie wagtails have recorded a decrease in sightings on the east coat, according to the report. 

If you read my blog regularly you'll know we have loads of kookaburras and magpies at Glen Park. In fact I watched 3 kookaburras feeding on giant worms they were ripping out of our oval and we always have heaps of magpies around the place.

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