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.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Red-whiskered bulbul: Canberrans asked to be on the lookout for a feral bird species

Posted yesterday at 9:09pm

Red-Whiskered Bulbul-1.jpgIt may look cute, but the feral red-whiskered bulbul poses a serious threat to Australia's native plants and wildlife - and the discovery of the bird in Canberra has authorities worried.

One of the pest bird species, native in parts of Asia, was caught this month by a resident of Campbell in Canberra's north.

ACT Parks and Conservation Service director Daniel Iglesias said the bird was a prohibited and notifiable pest species, that posed a "serious threat" to the Australian environment.

The bird is typically brown with a white neck, a distinctive red cheek patch and pointed black crest on its head.

The song is a scolding chatter and the call sounds like a sharp "kink-a-joo".

"It has established in Sydney and Melbourne with some isolated populations on the North coast of NSW and areas of Queensland," Mr Iglesias said.

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