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2012-04-15
What two introduced bird species to South Africa ranges now overlap?


The Common / European Starling and the Common / Indian Myna were introduced at the beginning of the 20th century. The IUCN declared these species among the world’s 100 worst invasive species. Today these birds are a pest in South Africa, North America, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand and many Pacific islands. They have affected native species where they have been introduced because of competition for food and nest sites.

 

The Common Starling - Sturnus vulgaris – was introduced in Cape Town and the Common Myna - Acridotheres tristis - in Durban. The ranges of these two species now overlap in the Free State and KZN Provinces of South Africa.

Birdwatching

The Common Starling can be seen on one of the following Aves Birding Tours/Safaris/Adventures: -

Aves Eastern Cape Birding Tour / Safari /Adventure.

Aves Western Cape Birding Tour / Safari / Adventure.

Aves West Coast Birding Tour / Safari /Adventure.

The Common  Myna can be seen on one of the following Aves Birding Tours/Safaris/Adventures: -

 Aves Highlands / Tembe Birding Tour / Safari / Adventure.

Aves KZN Birding Tour / Safari / Adventure.

Aves North East Birding Tour / Safari / Adventure.

Aves North West Birding Tour / Safari / Adventure.


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