Expansion of range of feral Rainbow Lorikeets

To: "Alex J. Saar" <>, <>
Subject: Expansion of range of feral Rainbow Lorikeets
From: David James <>
Date: Sun, 06 Feb 2000 21:56:12 +1000
Alex and all,

Is the colonisation of RALO in WA going to be a disastor? perhaps? Sure,
they're not native (feral),  but are they environmentaly harmful? They are
adapted to feeding on eucalypts and Eucalypts are adapted to lorikeets
(which says something about the toughness of eucalypts). They don't seem to
out-compete other nectriavores in eastern Aus. I'm not suggesting that the
feralisation of them is for the best, but is it significant or evwen
relevent compared with all the deluge of environemntal  catastrophies that
face us? 

Alex J. Saar wrote:
>Feral Rainbow Lorikeets have previously been restricted to the inner
>Metropolitan area of Perth, Western Australia. Until now, the furthest east
>that they had spread was to Guildford, 12 km due East of Perth GPO.

David James
PO BOX 5225
Townsville Mail Centre,
Qld 4810, Australia

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