Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Grey-Crowned Babblers at the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve 12/02/2014

Yesterday Grey-Crowned Babbler Birds were identified on the edge of the Charles & Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve at Highfields on O'Brien Road. Local Highfields residents are lucky to see these family orientated birds on a regular basis, but did you know that in other parts of Australia they are declining rapidly?

A survey by Birds Queensland in 2009 found that the Queensland Grey-Crowned Babblers are "holding on" but the eastern Grey-crowned Babblers, have been recognized as: * Extinct in South Australia * Endangered in Victoria, and * Threatened in New South Wales. Birds Queensland said that the decline in the Babbler population appears to be gradually moving north.

The Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve at Highfields is an ideal habitat for Grey-Crowned Babblers as they like leaf litter, fallen bark, old rotting logs and branches, garden mulch (eg sugar cane mulch) – ground cover harbouring invertebrates. They may use water for drinking and bathing, and they take dust baths. They are vulnerable on roads, and also to cats. Keep an eye out for these happy birds locally.

Grey-crowned Babblers were seen at the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve on 12th Feb 2014

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