I suspect that the Rainbow Lorikeets in our area may have had a hand (wing?)
in the demise of other hollow-nesting species throughout the Palmerston
area. One of the local arguments against removing them has been that they
are "so beautiful". So are some weeds. Indeed that argument was raised
against clearing coral vine from a patch of monsoon forest in Darwin. So I
guess it comes down to what wins, beauty or diversity!
Denise L Goodfellow
on 25/3/10 11:08 AM, Bill Stent at wrote:
> Goodness David, I certainly didn't mean to even so much as hint that Rainbow
> Lorikeets should be harmed in any way. I agree that seeing and hearing them
> flocking for roosting is a wonderful experience.
> I was hinting that we should consider humanely culling the Common Mynah, NOT
> the Rainbow Lorikeet.
> I'm sorry for any confusion I may have caused!
> From: "david taylor" <>
> Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010 12:30 PM
> To: "Birding Aus" <>
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] large flock on Rainbow Lorrikeets,Strathfield
> railway station, Sydney, NSW
>>> Bill Stent wrote - "Actually, Common Mynas do this as well around our
>>> way. I wonder if you can get an enormous cannon net to go over the whole
>> I was concerned with the inference ( whether intentional or in jest) that
>> a flock of one of our most beautiful and protected native species would be
>> considered in the same breath as Common Mynahs and that because they are
>> in large numbers and noisy they should be cannon netted! Certainly any
>> impression we should cannon net such a unique bird needed clarification
>> for mine. Here in Brisbane we have similar occurences which i find a
>> wonder to see and experience.
>> David Taylor
>> On 25/03/2010, at 7:50 AM, Bill Stent wrote:
>>> Actually, Common Mynas do this as well around our way. I wonder if you
>>> can get an enormous cannon net to go over the whole tree...
>>> From: "Shirley Cook" <>
>>> Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010 8:48 AM
>>> To: "Ben Hope" <>; <>
>>> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] large flock on Rainbow Lorrikeets,Strathfield
>>> railway station, Sydney, NSW
>>>> Dear all,
>>>> I was at the Chifley Hotel in Penrith for a couple of nights a fortnight
>>>> ago and on the first night just on dusk, I came out of the hotel to be
>>>> greeted by the most unearthly cacophony that at first I thought was some
>>>> ear-splitting metal working being done somewhere nearby. It then became
>>>> obvious it was coming from hundreds of Rainbow Lorikeets, settling down
>>>> for the night in the trees around the hotel. When I came outside again
>>>> about half an hour later with darkness approaching, they had settled
>>>> down to the occasional twittering!
>>>> Shirley Cook
>>>> Birds Australia (Northern NSW)