Feral Alert! - Mandarin Duck in Melbourne

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Subject: Feral Alert! - Mandarin Duck in Melbourne
From: "michael norris" <>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2009 12:58:25 +1000
This week's Birdline Victoria update has two records of a male Mandarin Duck
at Dight's Falls on the Yarra on 11 and 14 May.

I know they are the prettiest birds in the world and are celebrated in China
where, as in much of their home range, their numbers are depleted.

BUT..., since their introduction 400 years ago to England they.have spread
widely in the warmer (OK - less cold) parts.

And there's the catch: the English population is now a significant
percentage of the world population ....

I suggest we thank the Poms for looking after them but try to return this
critter to captivity.  I don't think we need another hole-nesting feral

Michael Norris

37° 59' S  145° 0' E


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