Re: rainbow lorikeet removal in unwanted areas

To: "'John Leonard'" <>, "'Birding-aus'" <>
Subject: Re: rainbow lorikeet removal in unwanted areas
From: "Stephen Ambrose" <>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 18:18:31 +1100

Generally speaking, birds have similar senses of smell and taste to humans. 

I'm not sure what sedative they will be using on the Rainbow Lorikeets, but
one that is commonly used for birds is ketamine hydrochloride. I used it
many years ago when, as a zoology honours student at Uni of WA, I had to
sedate emus.

Alpha-chloralose is also used sometimes, but is less reliable because it can
have varying effects on individuals of the same species, ranging from no
effect at all through to death from overdosing.

Stephen Ambrose
Ryde, NSW

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of John Leonard
Sent: Monday, 23 February 2009 5:37 PM
To: Birding-aus
Subject: Re: rainbow lorikeet removal in unwanted areas

I'm sure that this has been thought of, but it occurs to me that
Rainbow Lorikeets must have a good sense of taste (to determine
whether the nectar they are drinking is OK and isn't contaminated in
some way. So the sedative used to put them to sleep would have to be

John Leonard


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