Broome residents to be on the lookout for pest birds (Western Australia)

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Subject: Broome residents to be on the lookout for pest birds (Western Australia)
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2013 16:06:53 +1000
This starling alert for Broome might be of interest to some.

Peter Shute

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From: "Lloyd, Sandra" 
Date: 12 July 2013 3:59:20 PM AEST
To: IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group 
Subject: [Aliens-L] Broome residents to be on the lookout for pest birds 
(Western Australia)
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Department of Agriculture and Food
Media Statement

3 Baron-Hay Court, South Perth, Western Australia 6151
Telephone: (+61 8) 9368 3333  Fax: (+61 8) 9474 2018<>

12 July 2013
Broome residents to be on the lookout for pest birds

West Kimberley residents are reminded to report sightings of unusual birds 
following the discovery of a starling 30km east of Broome.

Department of Agriculture and Food technical officer Roland Nicholls said a 
member of the local bird watching group had reported a sighting of the pest 
bird, which had subsequently been removed by a local landholder.

Mr Nicholls said starlings posed a threat to agriculture and the environment, 
destroying crops, spreading disease and competing with native birds.

A starlings program is underway in the south of the state to prevent the 
establishment of the birds flying in from South Australia but sightings of the 
bird in the Kimberley are extremely rare.

Mr Nicholls said it was most likely the bird had flown in from a ship.

“We congratulate Kimberley Birdwatching for informing us of this sighting and 
we ask residents to continue to be on the lookout for unusual birds which if 
established, could become significant pests,” he said.

“It is particularly important for those working and living near ports to help 
protect our native wildlife and agricultural industries from exotic pests by 
quickly reporting any unusual birds.”

Effective removal can involve extensive surveillance and planning by department 
officers, who also rely on cooperation from the community.

Starlings are black or grey in colour, about 21 cm long with fine pointed beaks 
and short tails.

Any sightings of starlings or other unusual birds in the area should be 
reported to the department’s Pest and Disease Information Service on freecall 
1800 084 881.

For more information pest birds, visit the department’s website<>

Picture caption: Residents in and around Broome are reminded to keep an eye out 
for starlings and report any sightings immediately to the Department of 
Agriculture and Food. PHOTO CREDIT: Bill Hails

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