birds in the garden: a dismal update
Recently there have been more introduced bird species than native birds in the garden. I don't mind blackbirds and pigeons so much. It's the Indian Myna birds I take exception to. They have an unpleasant voice and are nasty, aggressive and possessive of their territory, often chasing other birds away.
Indian Myna birds were introduced to Australia in the 1860s to control insects in market gardens. Since then they have flourished, adapting to a wide variety of conditions, and are hated and regarded as pests.
Lismore, a town in New South Wales, recently declared war on the species.
Indian Myna bird in my garden
This beautiful Eclectus parrot visited my garden, but it's not exactly wild. The parrot's name is Ruby, and she visited with her owner J. She is very attached to J, and the feeling is reciprocal. Sigh, it's so much easier to take photos of tame birds!
Brown Thornbill (Wikipedia)