Unidentified Pigeon/Dove

To: "Bob Forsyth" <>
Subject: Unidentified Pigeon/Dove
From: "Robert Read" <>
Date: Sun, 2 Jun 2002 15:12:44 +0930

Now that your dove has been identified as a Barbary Dove  urge the local
Parks and Wildlife to get rid of them immediately while there are only a

The Alice Springs experience illustrates the disastrous result of waiting
until there is money in the budget before doing anything.  Populations of
both Barbary Doves and Spotted Turtle-doves reached many thousands before
there was a serious attempt at control.

As a result it has been impossible to get rid of the Spotted Turtle-dove.
It is still possible that the Barbary Dove can be eliminated, but only with
a great deal of effort.

Barbary Doves breed year round.  They have been assisted in becoming
established by their attractive appearance which gets them a few food
handouts and  protected nesting sites.

Robert Read
Alice Springs

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