To: Allan Lees <>
Subject: Ferals
From: Chris Sanderson <>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 20:18:57 +0800
> Perhaps someone else will be able to identify a bird
> species under threat from "New Australians" other than ourselves.

Easy, last I heard the Scaly-breasted Lorikeet was about to be (or has
already been) added to the Threatened Species List for QLD due to
Indian Mynah competition for nesting sites.  That's an obvious one,
but despite David's reservations, I think competition for resources
(not just food, but roosting and nesting sites also) would play a part
too.  Another good example would be Rainbow Lorikeets and Laughing
Kookaburras in or near Perth, or Superb Lyrebirds in Tasmania.  All
three are causing untold damage to the ecology of the areas (stealing
nesting holes, eating young birds, and changing the composition of the
forest floor in that order).  I suspect Red-capped Parrot will become
a whole lot rarer as the Rainbow Lorikeets spread from Perth into
surrounding areas.  To say we can't do anything would be like
abandoning all our native marsupials to the foxes.  Perhaps it will be
difficult to make a difference, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't

Broome, WA
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