Common Myna in Adelaide?

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Subject: Common Myna in Adelaide?
From: "michael norris" <>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2011 13:33:45 +1000
Hi all

I've just posted to Birdline SA about 2 Common Mynas I saw on Saturday at the Adelaide Airport.

Peter Waanders asked me if I was sure as it may be a first for Adelaide - so I am wondering if Mynas are not being reported from there.

This is what I wrote back to Peter:

Am I absolutely sure? Now it does seem a bit dream-like because I was tired after getting up early in Melbourne to arrive at Adelaide airport around

We (my wife and I) walked to the bus stop to the left as you leave the departures area and they were flying below us again to the left over a car park (not for the public) etc. immediately adjacent to the airport buildings - around 20-30m away. I just made an instant i/d on jizz but my memory is of noticing those white wing flashes and I said something to Ange about thinking I hadn't seen them in SA before. I didn't double-check because I started to wonder if my memory was faulty and it is starlings that are the absent common Melbourne introduced bird.

But I know the species well! Where I live, Bayside Melbourne, was part of the market garden area where they were first released 'to deal with pests' so they are all over the place.

For South Australia, the SA Birdline does have a couple of records, and the Birding-Aus archive reports the South Australian Ornithological Association Newsletter No 173, March 00 in relation to one that was shot.

Michael Norris


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