Barbary Dove

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Subject: Barbary Dove
From: "Peter Marsh" <>
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2009 18:11:50 +1000
Dear Birders,
There are indeed Barbary Dove in the SW suburbs of Adelaide as I saw 2 of them 
today in Oaklands Road, Somerton Park.

Can someone outline the reason why this species is considered such a danger as 
compared with, say Spotted Dove or Laughing Dove which are both introduced and 
appear to do little harm (as far as I know). Birds Australia and the BIGnet 
group of bird clubs in NSW are both working on policy guidelines for dealing 
with what have been called overabundant or invasive bird species. In each case 
there needs to be objective evidence that the species will cause damage to 
native animals or plants or to human health before we go running off trapping, 
shooting, poisoning or whatever. This evidence can be local or from overseas. 
In the case of Canada Geese for instance there is abundant evidence fron the UK 
and New Zealand. In the case of the Common Mynah there is much hysteria but 
seemingly little scientific evidence of the damaging effect of this species. By 
contrast the recent survey in the Capertee and Holly Parson's work in suburban 
Sydney show the inverse correlation between species abundance and Noisy Miner 
presence but there seems to be little concern among the public or birders.
Peter Marsh

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