Common Mynah Scurge

Subject: Common Mynah Scurge
From: "Peter Ewin" <>
Date: Thu, 03 Mar 2005 13:51:56 +1100
I am intrigued by this atatement regarding Spotted Turtle-dove:

"Another species we don't want, especially as the Crested Pigeon is becoming establishing a toehold in a few sw Vic localities."

The only reason Crested Pigeons are becoming established is because of the disturbance provided by humans. I assum like in NSW this species is expanding its range into urban areas because there is a much more open habitat provided. Just because the Crested Pigeon is native, doesn't mean it should be encouraged to spread its range. Other species may be outcompeted just as much by Crested Pigeons as Spotted Turtle-doves.

In Sydney I reckon both are restricted to disturbed areas, and if native vegetation was ever restored, both would disappear.

Maybe I am wrong and Spotted Turtle-Doves inhabit "natural" environments more readily in Victoria, but I don't think either of these species would have existed in SW Victoria prior to European settlement.


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