Tameness in Australian birds

To: "Wim Vader" <>
Subject: Tameness in Australian birds
From: "Michael Hunter" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2005 14:27:32 +1100
     Might I suggest that Europeans have been shooting birds since guns were
invented, many passerines are migrants through Malta, Spain, Southern France
and Italy, and the survivors have evolved to be wary of man.  I have never
encountered such man-shy birds anywhere as in the Camargue in S. France,
where recipes for songbird pie are everyday, but they have to use farmed
quail instead. (Not enough songbirds left)
      In my childhood many Australians went shooting (at anything) on
weekends, and where they did, all the birds were unapproachable.



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