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.

Tuesday 4 March 2014

INVASIVE SPECIES: Monk parakeets: delightful import or pest?

Scientists to study birds' impact on native species

March 2, 2014|By David Fleshler, Sun Sentinel
Their squawk sounds like thumbtacks going down a trash disposal. Their habit of nesting on power lines causes blackouts and millions of dollars in damage.

Yet the monk parakeets that have colonized South Florida over the past 40 years have attracted a devoted following of people who love these intelligent, gregarious, brightly colored transplants from South America.

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