Buddy the talking Starling

To: "'Peter Shute'" <>
Subject: Buddy the talking Starling
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2014 18:39:39 +1100
Interesting idea. I have not checked out that article. As NZ has no native
terrestrial mammals, if the thought is to identify a footprint of a
non-native mammal in NZ, clearly that is pretty easy!

Software to identify a foot of a Myna from some other bird would surely be
vastly more difficult, though given digital capacity it may be possible.


-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Peter Shute
Sent: Sunday, 19 January 2014 6:08 PM
To: Greg and Val Clancy
Subject: Buddy the talking Starling

This thread has reminded me about this article I read recently about the use
of digital track pads in NZ to identify animals that walk across them in
real time, and potentially administer a poison:

I wonder if birds like Common Mynas could be accurately identified by their
foot prints.

Peter Shute

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