Common Myna travelling routes

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Subject: Common Myna travelling routes
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 16:22:13 +1100
 wrote on Thursday, 17 January 2008
2:35 PM:

> I have done a bit of travelling around Victoria this year and
> often see Mynas on the roadside - Hume Freeway, Princes
> Highway in Gippsland, etc.
> It seems that road reserves provide Mynas with a travelling
> route provisioned by food scraps discarded by motorists.

I know an ex truckie who travelled the Hume between Melbourne and the
border for many years, and he says he watched their gradual progress up
the highway.

I don't know if the rubbish dumped on the road reserves provided the
food to allow this, or whether the road reserves simply acted as a
disturbed environment needed to reduce competition from native birds.
Or it might be simply that the highways were a convenient place to
observe their spread, which may actually have been happening between the
roads too.

I guess access to road kill might be a factor.  Do they eat dead birds
and animals?

Peter Shute

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