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.

Monday, 20 May 2019

Critically endangered birds still alive on King Island

MARCH 27, 2019
A new study has found two critically endangered bird species feared to be near extinction on King Island in the Bass Strait are not only still alive, but their populations may be larger than previously thought.
Lead researcher from The Australian National University (ANU) Dr. Matthew Webb says very little is known about the King Island scrubtit and brown thornbill.
Previous attempts to study the species have been hindered by the challenging, leech-infested terrain on King Island.
"Every sighting provides us with critical information to improve management approaches," Dr. Webb said.
"I am excited because our new methods revealed that thornbill and scrubtit populations are larger than previously thought."
The rare brownish birds are about the size of a ping pong ball, making them even more difficult to spot in the dense, swamp forests.
Scientists from ANU teamed up with Cradle Coast Natural Resource Management (Cradle Coast NRM), BirdLife Australia, Tasmanian Government and the Cradle Coast Authority, to conduct the first large-scale survey of the island's swamps and forests for the tiny birds.
The scientists looked for birds across the island, conducting more than 600 bird surveys over a three-week period.

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