Re: birding-aus Species cleansing

To: "Pat O'Malley" <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Species cleansing
From: "Paul McDonald" <>
Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 10:19:07 +1000
Date sent:              Thu, 27 May 1999 08:32:42 +1000
From:                   "Pat O'Malley" <>
Subject:                birding-aus Species cleansing

> And why is it the Rainbow Loris, as hollow nesters, seem to be having no
> trouble?

Have you ever been bitten by a Rainbow Lori, or any Lorikeet for 
that matter! :)

I know I would leave very quickly!, although I have not seen this in 
action or read refs on it. I also do not see any reason why some 
bold native species will not recolonise areas. You only have to look 
at areas where humans commonly frequent to see them lose their 
shyness. e.g. Buff-banded Rail on Lady Elliot? (an island in Barrier 
Reef somewhere, where they feed in and around the camp/picnic 
areas springs to mind. 

As to experiments on exotic removal, I would argue that no-where 
have they adequately excluded exotics, it would be extremely 
difficult to do so, although comparing WA versus 
Sydney/Melbourne may be a start. Any ideas from WA people??

I realise this goes against my attitude of eradication, we will always 
be 'blessed' with the House Sparrow, Fox, Cat, Indian Mynah etc, 
but we could at least attempt to control them and minimise their 

Down with the liberal political correct attitudes of Onithological 
Racism! (And just about all PC!)

Were the threatened pommie [ :) ] sparrows actually House and 
Tree sparrows or something else?

Cheers, Paul

P.S. Due to last nights catastrophe at the Cauldron all Queensland 
readers that reply to this may experience a slight delay in re-replies!
Paul McDonald
Department of Biological Sciences
Division of Environmental and Life Sciences
Macquarie University, Sydney NSW, 2109
Phone: (02) 9850 8191 Fax: (02) 9850 8245
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