good news for Crikey’s political birdwatchers. Following last
week’s look at the Latham’s Snipe, it has come to our attention that the latin
name for the Australian Scrub Turkey is Alectura Lathami. According to the Australian Natural History Safari website, these bids are “bullies” – “solitary in nature and aggressive to each other and
to other lesser species.” Who knew!

Other bird species with Canberra migration patterns (with thanks to Crikey subscriber Dan) are the Abbott’s Booby
– a medium-sized seabird from the Pelicaniformes order. And the
Costello’s Tern – which we couldn’t find anywhere on the world wide
web, but which our informer suggests is an endangered type of slim
and graceful waterbird that “benefits from a research project that has had
billions of dollars allocated in the forward estimates.”

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