I couldn't agree with you more. Go to it Tom. Same in Townsville Marjorie
or their will be a row over this.
What really surprises is the tolerance being shown to these introduced
Hey, where are your lungs people? Get onto the Government people and say
"kill". Basically, if you don't, no one will take action. The public
servants are petrified of Animal Libbers, the pernicious anemia set and "B"
tickers. Grow some fangs, wimps. (Just, checking: is Russell still away?)
"Why experiment on animals when there are so many lawyers?"
> From: mash <>
> Subject: Re: Collared Doves and other dangerous escapees
> Date: Thursday, 21 August 1997 15:14
> Tom Tarrant wrote:
> > Several pairs of Collared Doves ('Barbary' Doves) Streptopelia decaocto
are becoming established at Reef Point
> I've received a report of a Collared Dove in Sandringham, South-East
> Melbourne (May 1996). My (1974) copy of the Birds of Britain and Europe
> (Heinzel, Fitter and Parslow) gives this as a different species from the
> paler Barbary Dove (Stretopelia risoria) which is a popular cage bird.
> I am appalled that Collared Doves are allowed into Australia: they have,
> in about 50 years, spread from Iraq throughout Europe and onwards to
> Iceland. So they could expand into practically every habitat in
> Australia where there are seeds.
> Also both sexes of the Ring-necked (Rose-ringed) Parakeet Psittacula
> krameri, which the cage bird people call the Indian Ringneck, have been
> recorded here this year. This species is an orchard pest and has gone
> feral in England where it occupies tree holes.
> Another MAJOR danger to Australian birds ?
> BOTH SPECIES SHOULD, I BELIEVE, BE EXTERMINATED BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.
> Anyone with info. on how to arrange capture etc. (especially in
> Victoria), please reply. I hope Tom will ensure the Reef Point birds are
> Michael Norris