Fwd: DEDJTR media release - Nothing to crow about

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Subject: Fwd: DEDJTR media release - Nothing to crow about
From: John Harris <>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:53:13 +1100
Hi All,
for all melburnians or visiting birders, a media release from the State
Government about the House Crow seen in the city.



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Date: 12 February 2015 at 14:14
Subject: [Birding-Aus] DEDJTR media release - Nothing to crow about

Please find attached a media release on a house crow that was recently
sighted. I have also published on our facebook page if you would like to

Nothing to crow about

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
(DEDJTR) is calling on all bird watchers to be on the lookout for a single
House Crow that has been sighted in the City and South Bank area.

The House Crow (Corvus splendens) is a highly destructive bird species
originating from Asia and is classified as a prohibited pest in Victoria
and banned Nationally.

Biosecurity Manager Adam Kay said: “We are urging people who  have seen a
House Crow to report sightings, dates and locations by calling 136 186 or
by email ”

“This  species  has been seen near Flinders Street Station, the Shrine of
Remembrance and around Southbank in the last few months.
“House Crows have a black bill, black eyes and pale grey, non-glossy toned
feathers on the nape, neck and lower breast.

“Their wings and head have  metallic-greenish, glossy plumage with
blue-purple sheen on the forehead, crown, throat, back, wings and tail.
“House Crows are smaller and more slender than other similar Australian
native birds, such as the Australian Raven, Little Raven, Forest Raven and
Little Crow.
“Overseas they are a major pest for the agriculture and horticulture
industries causing severe damage to crops.

“House Crows have not established in Australia, however they have a
history as stowaways on cargo ships, including those occasionally
travelling to Australia.

“Early detection of House Crows is critical to preventing the
establishment of this species in the wild in Australia.”
To report sightings email  or call
136 186.

Brigid Ennis | Media and Communications Adviser | Port Phillip Region
Regional Services | Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning
level 7, 8 Nicholson Street, East Melbourne, VIC
T: 03 9637 9480 | M: 0427 092 731| E:
I work Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

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