rainbow lorikeet removal in unwanted areas

Subject: rainbow lorikeet removal in unwanted areas
From: John Tongue <>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 12:35:18 +1100
Hi Donald, et. al.,
Population control probably works differently in different situations.

With the Rainbow Lorikeets here in Tassie, there are three main centres where their populations are starting to take off - Ulverstone and the NW Coast, Kingston in the south, and Dodges Ferry in the south- east. The Department of Primary Industries, and Water has realised the threat, and they are co-ordinating the program, getting all the correct government authorizations, etc.

The plan is to try to get them feeding regularly at feeding stations (we have one in our backyard), and then to drug the feeding solution, putting all birds who eat it to sleep. People will be on hand to gather up any non-target birds, putting them aside, warm and secure, until they wake up. The Lorikeets will then be euthanased while they are asleep.

Our problem at present is getting them to come to the feeding station!

John Tongue
Ulverstone, Tas.

On 23/02/2009, at 12:03 PM, Donald Kimball wrote:

I apologize if I am a bit unclear on this one but was wondering how rainbow lorikeets can be "removed" from areas that they are not native to and are causing a problem. What methods are ensued? Traps, shooting?

In north america I have seen some unfortunate situations where a bird species goes through a dramatic change from "facinating and colorful" to severe pest. This same species which was originally thought benign or cherished becomes some sort of villain in folks eyes. Then enter what I would call the "good ol boy" mindset where otherwise good hearted folks are out to have a good old fashioned free for all "pick all of them out of the air" with firearms free for all.

To be more pointed ... how does one guard against this mindset vs. correctly managing the species to indeed protect a potentially vulnerable species like swift parrot?


Don Kimball

To unsubscribe from this mailing list,
send the message:
(in the body of the message, with no Subject line)


To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message: unsubscribe (in the body of the message, with no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU