As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Bushfires bad news for rare bird species

By Sallese Gibson/Kate Hill

Recent bushfires in the Murray Mallee may have wiped out one of the last remaining populations of a threatened bird species, according to the Environment Department.

Public lands manager Sonia Dominelli, said last month's bushfires affected 98 per cent of the Billiat Conservation Park and Wilderness Protection Area, near Alawoona.

Thousands of hectares of habitat were destroyed and many native species were affected, including a rare type of bird.

"Our predictions are low probability survival for Mallee Emu Wrens," she said.

Ms Dominelli says the huge loss of habitat will also impact on other native species.

"You know those big patches are the sort of last resort homes for those Mallee birds, so it's a significant loss."

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