Currawongs getting rid of Koel

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Subject: Currawongs getting rid of Koel
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 14:48:52 +1000
That last year they even chased a Koel away is hardly surprising, they have a vested interest. Most host species want to remove their nest parasites.........
-----Original Message-----From: Geoff Duggan [ Sent: Friday, 14 September 2012 4:14 PM      To:       Subject: [canberrabirds] bks in hughes

I was not surprised to read that a BKS  was seen in Hughes but then moved on.  Hughes is becoming infested with Currawongs, getting rid of everything in site...last year they even chased a Koel away.  I recently saw a woman who lives near me actually feeding balls of mince meat to them. When I asked her about this she said lots of people she knows feed Currawongs because “then they won’t take baby birds from the nests”!!    I could not change her mind.  So...I was wondering if there are any official publications, leaflets etc advising against this bad habit.   Perhaps COG could arrange with Government for a letterbox drop to advise against it, or even a newspaper article.  If people all over Canberra are feeding Currawongs then no wonder they re reaching plague proportions
Geoff Duggan
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