| Feral Birds in Australia
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Over 60 bird species, including both native and introduced, are responsible for damage to horticultural crops in Australia.
Some introduced birds species, such as the Indian mynah, are considered to threaten biodiversity and compete with native species.
Common starling: causes damage to fruit (particularly grapes and cherries), vegetable and cereal crops. Implicated in carrying and transmitting diseases to man and other animals. Competes with native species for nest hollows.
Common mynah: causes damage to fruit and grain crops. Commensal roosting and nesting habits creates aesthetic and human health concerns. Competes with native species for nest hollows.
Sulphur-crested cockatoo, little corella: damages ripening sunflower crops, fruit and nut crops.
Galah: causes damage to germinating cereal crops.
Sparrow: causes damage to fruit vegetable, grain and oilseed crops; competes with native species for nest hollows.
Pigeon: roosting sites cause fouling damage (from build-up of faeces) in urban areas. Implicated in carrying and transmitting diseases to man and other animals.
Crows & Ravens: consume fruits and grains. May prey upon sick, dying or mismothered lambs and can injure sheep.
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