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Bird Biology

Why are some bird species considered a pest?
 
Pest birds will compete with native birds by taking their food and displacing them from their habitats. They are responsible for the spread of disease and weeds, making noise and mess, spreading parasitic bird mite as a result of their nesting material. Some onmnivorous feeders are scavengers.
 
INTERESTING FACTS: did you know that the Indian Myna was introduced Introduced into Melbourne 1863, Northern QLD 1883 to control Locusts and Cane Beetles.
 
Some of the common pest birds

Common Name – Feral Pigeon / Rock Dove

Family Name - Columbidau
Scientific Name - Columba livia
Status – Introduced, Not Protected
Average Size – 34cm
Average lifespan 3-4 years
Clutch Size - 2
Incubation - 17-19 days
Fledgling – 30 days
Background – Introduced from Europe.
Breeding - Monogamous pairs.
• Breed year round, but mostly in Summer
• Can produce 15 young per year
Impacts - Spread of disease
• Noise and mess
• Will compete with Native birds for food.
Feeding – Primarily seed

Common Name – Indian Myna / Common Myna

Family Name - Sturnidae
Scientific Name - Acridotheres tristis
Status – Introduced, Not protected
Average Size – 24cm
Average 4 year lifespan
Clutch Size - 4-6
Incubation - 13-14 days
Fledgling – 20-32 days
Breeding - Monogamous pairs
• 1-3 broods per year
Impacts - Displace native birds from natural habitats
• Damage fruit crops
• Noise
• Mites from nests
• Spread of weeds
Feeding – Omnivorous

Common Name – European Starling / Common Starling

Family Name - Sturnidae
Scientific Name - Sturnus vulgaris
Status – Introduced, Not protected
Average year lifespan 2-3 years
Clutch Size - 3-5
Incubation - 15 days
Fledgling –20 -23 days
Breeding – August to January
• Monogamous pairs
• 2-3 Broods per year
Background – Introduced from Europe 1850’s
Impacts - Fruit crops
• Disease
• Damage to infrastructure
• Spread of weeds
Feeding – Insects

Common Name – House sparrow

Family Name - Passeridae
Scientific Name - Passer Domesticus
Status - Introduced, Not protected.
Average Size – 15cm
Average 3-4 year lifespan
Clutch Size - 3-6
Incubation - 14 days
Fledgling – 15 days
Breeding – Summer & Spring will mate year round.
• Monogamous pairs
• 3 broods per year
Background – Introduced from Europe into Melbourne 1863-1870
Impacts – Nuisance
Feeding – Seeds, also Insects

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