birding-aus Re: Indian Mynas

Subject: birding-aus Re: Indian Mynas
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 1999 17:37:09 +1000

It's interesting to compare the continuing expansion of Indian Mynas in
Australia with the fate of the similar Crested Myna in Vancouver.  The
Crested Mynas have been around Vancouver for the best part of a century (I
think), but now they are declining in numbers to the point where there are
only 30 - 50 pairs left.

The two species certainly appear similar in habits, and surely the climate
in Vancouver is not that different from southern Australia for that to be a
factor.  I have seen people seriously suggesting a conservation project
should be established for the Crested Myna, justified in part because of
the financial contribution they make to Vancouver from all the US twitchers
going there to get them on their ABA area lists!

Murray Lord

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