Tameness in Australian birds

To: Michael Hunter <>
Subject: Tameness in Australian birds
From: David Adams <>
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2005 15:31:07 +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)

The same species can have very different behavior in different parts
of their range. For example, the Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) is shy to
the point of invisibility in Italy. The same species is approachable
in, for example, Sweden. In Italy, they hunt anything and everything.

 David Adams
 Wallaga Lake 2546 NSW
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