BTW, anyone know how the native fauna (vertebrate & in-) are coping with
that other well-established introduced species - exotic vermin? :-) - the
> From: John Tongue <>
> Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 13:15:37 +1100
> To: "Mike Simpson" <>
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Re: rainbow lorikeet removal in unwanted areas
> 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
>> 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
>> 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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