Currawongs getting rid of Koel

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Subject: Currawongs getting rid of Koel
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 21:38:24 +1000
I am sure that the behaviour of currawongs (victim host) and cuckoos (nest parasite) is a few million years old. Although the fine details of their behaviour is still evolving, as shown from the studies done on the smaller cuckoos & wrens etc. But in recent history, currawongs are becoming more common as a breeding species in Canberra and other places. That impacts, but it is a value judgement as to the impact of this. Ian Fraser wrote a very good opinion piece about that in the COG GG last month. I suggest read that. I am sure they do a lot of good in predation on blackbirds and starlings.
-----Original Message-----From: Margaret Leggoe [ Sent: Saturday, 15 September 2012 5:06 PM
To: 'Philip Veerman'      Cc:       Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Currawongs getting rid of Koel

Was it always thus, or have currawongs become big bad bogey men since the urbanisation of their range?

Margaret Leggoe


From: Philip Veerman [ Sent: Saturday, 15 September 2012 2:49 PM      To:
Subject: [canberrabirds] Currawongs getting rid of Koel


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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