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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Delinquency of a Mynah

This article from the Mail & Guardian discusses the ongoing invasion of South Africa by the Indian mynah bird (Acridotheres tristis). The problem has become so bad that BirdLife South Africa, the nation's ornithological society, is considering poisoning them in an effort to get populations under control. One concern with the plan is that native starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) will become accidental victims - odd to hear as a resident of the US, where starlings are the nasty ones being targeted.

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Some ecological observations of the Javan mynah (a closely related species which has colonised Singapore) can be found here:

By Blogger budak, at 12/17/2005 05:29:00 AM  

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