Expansion of range of feral Rainbow Lorikeets

To: David James <>
Subject: Expansion of range of feral Rainbow Lorikeets
From: Laurence and Leanne Knight <>
Date: Mon, 07 Feb 2000 18:51:42 +1000
David James wrote:
> 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?

Well if nothing else, they would be competing for nesting hollows with
the local parrots etc.  They are pretty aggressive buggers and so would
probably push others aside when things are tight.


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