While there may certainly be possible interactions
between Mynas and Starlings (espec. regarding competition for nest sites), I
would still be surprised if there is overall a direct link in the rise or
fall of one of the species due to the fall or rise of the other
Starling and Myna have very different dynamics. The
Starling decline was Canberra-wide and occurred in too many places without that
Mynas were present. And now Starlings are coming back in areas with still good
Myna numbers as I could also see last year during my Ainslie survey. Some
buildings had both species present as breeders.
Anyhow, perhaps Martin could do again his good work
and prepare, his time permitting, a graph on the A values for the Starling we
then could compare with the one for the Myna.
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