Re: Rosy Starling

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Subject: Re: Rosy Starling
From: "John Harris" <>
Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2004 07:06:49 +1000
Dear All
Will people get a life!!!  Why is it that whenever an unusual bird turns up, 
the first 
reaction is that it must be an aviary escapee!!  This happened back in the 
"noughties" ( 2000-01) when both Northern Shoveler and Northern Pintail turned 
near Grafton and neither are kept in Australia by aviculturists.

Andy Hall beat me to the explanation of birds in aviculture ( softbills etc.) 
as I have 
been associated with aviculture for over 30 years and no Rosy-starlings have 
appeared in OZ.  The authorities would probably ban any of the Sturnus sp. 
considering the impact the Common Starling has had on Australian birds.

Well Done Joy, it just goes to show what can be seen if you are in the right 
spot at 
the right time.  Hopefully more will get to see it.  Nice pics also.


John Harris
Year 9 & Environmental Coordinator
Donvale Christian College
03 9844 2471

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