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.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Endangered birds threatening to derail the $2billion Adani coal mine are being bred in homes and sold online for $30

The endangered bird at centre of mine debate is being bred in private homes 
Breeder said it could be the solution to protecting the endangered species 
Adani hit out at draft review of their plans to protect the black-throated finch  
PUBLISHED: 01:36, 21 February 2019 | UPDATED: 01:38, 21 February 2019
The endangered bird threatening to halt construction of the Adani coal mine is being bred in homes and sold for as little as $30.
Breeders believe it could be a solution to protecting the endangered black-throated finch from extinction after it lost most of its natural habitat through farm land expansion.
Gordon Doutre, 57, who has been a finch breeder for half a century, told The Australian he truly believes breeders can save the bird from extinction. 
'I think the black-throated finch problem could be easily fixed because there are quite a few breeders out there who breed it and would take the opportunity to put them back into the wild,' he said. 
'If we harness aviculture societies to breed up these birds and then donate them to acclimatisation aviaries, then we could release them back into the wild. It's a sure winner.' 

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