Indian Mynahs in Tasmania

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Subject: Indian Mynahs in Tasmania
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Tue, 08 Mar 2005 14:51:27 +1000
On Saturday morning we visited the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in
Hobart, to see the John Gould Bicentenary Exhibition (highly
recommended). We also looked at other natural history displays. We found
Tasmania's only pair of Indian Mynahs to date - stuffed, mounted and in
a glass case! It appears they had somehow made their way to Devonport -
possibly ship-assisted? They were found nesting and were shot by
wildlife authorities. Their nest contained five eggs. The supporting
information pointed out that they were considered a serious danger to
Tasmanian birds if they did establish themselves there.
   Another display was of a European Red Fox with information on the
very serious danger it poses to Tasmanian native mammals.  Pity that
introduction was not nipped in the bud.

Anthea Fleming
back in Ivanhoe, Vic.
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