As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Urban areas no place for native birds


By: Matt Chatterton, | New Zealand News | Monday December 2 2013 11:35

Some of New Zealand's native bird species just aren't meant to live in an urban environment.


New research by Victoria University suggests Pukeko, Kaka and gulls are most likely to cause problems in New Zealand's cities in the future.

It compared native birds in cities all over the world and found birds that eat a large range of foods are most likely to cause strife in urban areas.

Master of Science graduate Kerry Charles says, ironically, the success of nature restoration projects in urban areas may raise the chances of conflict as more birds flock to the cities.

She says Kaka are already starting to cause problems with reports they are damaging properties.

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