birding-aus Exotic birds in the wilderness

Subject: birding-aus Exotic birds in the wilderness
From: "Martin O'Brien"<>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 13:56:24 +1000

The incidence of introduced birds in native and other habitats reminds me
that we observed House Sparrows in far south-west Tasmania during a stint
there monitoring Orange-bellied Parrots.

There is a dearth of hollows in this South West (Wilderness) World Heritage
Area but Starlings were breeding in one of the nest boxes put up for the
parrots.  We also recorded Goldfinch briefly on a few days.

Clearly, lack of weedy flora species is no impediment to the presence of
exotic birds.  What are others experience of exotic birds in wilderness

Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer
Scientific Advisory Committee
Threatened Species Program
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
East Melbourne,  3002

tel: +61 3 9412 4567
fax: +61 3 9412 4586

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