Long-billed Corella in Alice Springs

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Subject: Long-billed Corella in Alice Springs
From: "Peter Menkhorst" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 22:08:56 +1100
Robert Gosford asked about the status of the Long-billed Corella in Alice 
Springs. It is my understanding that there is a feral population in the Alice. 
There are also feral populations of Long-billed Corellas at many localities 
along the NSW and se Qld coast, in ne Tas and in sw WA.  Some of these 
populations [maybe all of them] derive from birds trapped under license in sw 
Victoria where they can be a pest to agriculture and town amenity. One 
particular bird dealer was licensed to trap wild corellas and sell them into 
the pet trade. Unsurprisingly, the wild-caught birds made lousy pets and the 
trapper illegally dumped his surplus birds. One of the more disastrous episodes 
in recent Australian wildlife management!

Peter Menkhorst

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