"bad birds"

To: "Paul Taylor" <>,
Subject: "bad birds"
From: Victoria Quinton <>
Date: Sun, 09 Apr 2000 08:50:10 +1000
I will be interested to see the responses of other BIRDING-AUS list members
to this.

I shall have to visit Braeside Park!

>> I am in two minds about how to talk about birds like mynas, Common
>> Starlings and blackbirds to my children.  Things tend to be "good" or
>> to a 6 year old.  So far I have described mynas as "those brown birds with
>> black heads that run around like cowboys and scare away other birds".
>IIRC, some of the signs along the walking tracks at Braeside Park (VIC)
>describe Starlings and Mynas quite bluntly as "bad", pointing out the
>problems they cause such as taking over nesting holes used by native
>species.  I think Blackbirds were also mentioned.  I have no problem with
>exotic feral species (including Spotted Turtle-Doves which are abundant
>in Frankston) being described as "bad" to children.
>   Paul Taylor                                  Veni, vidi, tici -
>                           I came, I saw, I ticked.

Victoria Quinton

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