Re: rainbow lorikeet removal in unwanted areas

To: "Mike Simpson" <>
Subject: Re: rainbow lorikeet removal in unwanted areas
From: John Tongue <>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 13:15:37 +1100
Sure is going to be tough! But the earlier we get started, the more likelihood of success.

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery has two displays side by side - one of Red Foxes, the other of a pair of Common Mynahs and their nest, taken and destroyed at "The Bluff", Devonport (just about where such birds hop off the ferry!). So far, we don't have established populations of either.

The Rainbow Lorikeets in Tassie are a bit "further gone", but hopefully there may be a CHANCE of stopping them (or at least slowing their advance). To get to the situation where Swift Parrots returning to Tassie to breed are met with 10,000 to 15,000 resident Rainbow Lorikeets does not bear thinking about!

John Tongue
Ulverstone, Tas.

On 23/02/2009, at 12:37 PM, Mike Simpson wrote:

I may be missing something here, but if 10 released individuals in the 1960s expanded to 15,000+ in 40 years, trying to control the species would seem a
bit like 'Whistling in the wind'. You are never going to get back to
anything like a manageable figure.

The same expansion has happened here in the Sydney area with Long- Billed and Little Corellas. When I arrived in Sydney in the early 1970s, according to Simpson & Day, Long-Billed Corellas were restricted to western Victoria and parts of S.Aust, and Little Corellas were inland birds. Yet here 35 years
on, both Corellas are easily the most common birds in South Penrith.

People have tried to control Common Mynahs for years, yet recently, I saw an
estimate that there are something like 200,000 around Sydney.

Here in Penrith, Rainbow Lorikeets are very common, but if attempts were
made to control them, how would the 'controllers' catch/kill Rainbow
Lorikeets without also catching Swift Parrots, Scaley-Breasted, Little and
Musk Loris, all of which are seen here from time to time?

Mike Simpson
South Penrith, NSW


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