deliberate releases

To: "Mike Owen" <>
Subject: deliberate releases
From: "Norm Canton" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2001 13:47:09 +1000
> Can you (or anyone else) give any recent examples of non-native birds
> being deliberately set free?  I don't recall hearing of any cases apart
> from accidental escapees - which rarely survive for long.
> cheers,
> Mike Owen
> Queensland

Red-whiskered Bulbuls were deliberately released in Mackay, Queensland some
years back (I don't have exact details), apparently to prevent DPI officers
confiscating and destroying them.  I saw them on 21 August 1994, in the
garden of a house adjacent to the Bruce Highway, about 1km north of the
Lagoon reserve, and in East Mackay on 19 November 1997. I believe they were
present long before that. I don't know what effect (if any) they are having
on native species.


Alex Appleman

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