Metallic Starlings

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Subject: Metallic Starlings
From: "Ian Cowan" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2003 18:17:29 +1000
Last night I was in the inner city area of Cairns near dusk (I've usually
escaped to suburbia by that time of day) and was surprised at the large
numbers of over-wintering Metallic Starlings that were flying around and
roosting in the trees.  They are virtually non-existent in the
outer-suburban and rural areas around Cairns at this time of year, whereas
they are common in all the coastal and near coastal areas over summer.

So I got to wondering, why are these birds keeping to the inner city,
adapting to the human jungle, while the ones that  migrate still keep to the
outer areas - could there be a distinct population developing occupying a
different niche?

Is the same phenomenon noticeable in other coastal cities and towns,
Townsville, Innisfail, Ingham, Mackay?

Ian Cowan
Clifton Beach

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