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Areas We Cover

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 Wyong Area

Gosford Area

City of Ryde 

City of Parramatta

City of Blacktown

Lane Cove

Hunters Hill

Hornsby Shire

Northern Beaches

The Hills Shire

Ku-ring-gai

North Sydney

Mosman

Willoughby

 

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Birds

Swooping, pooping and sqwarking!!

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Indian Myna

Normally found - Indian Myna birds are found in city areas and suburbs

Food - they feed on insects and food left on the ground

Origin - Introduced

Appearance - they are brown and white with a yellow beak and legs. They are 25 cm long.

Nesting Habits - they like to use twigs to make a nest and locate them in warehouses, ceilings and on roof girders which are the main support beams for a structure or building

Number of Eggs - lay 4-5 glossy pale blue eggs in spring and summer

European Starling

Normally found- European starlings are normally found in suburbs and towns. They can be in large flocks

 

Food - they feed on grains and insects

 

Origin - Introduced

 

Appearance - they are dark brown to black with a green sheen. They are 20 cm long.

 

Nesting Habits - they will nest in a roof or in a cavity 

 

Number of Eggs - lay 6 pale eggs twice a year

Pigeon

Normally found - very domesticated and live locations where there are lots of people during the day like schools, office buildings and parks

Food - eat anything that humans leave on the ground and in the bins

Origin - Introduced

Appearance - various tones of grey and some green on the neck. They are 30 cm long.

Nesting Habits - nests are made from twigs and they build them in or on buildings and warehouses. Prefer it when they get access into the buildings to set up their nests e.g. in ceiling and on beams

Number of Eggs - lay 1 to 2 eggs at a time several times a year

English Sparrow

Normally found - mainly in orchards and gardens and they are usually infested with bird lice and mites

Food - eats insects

Origin - Introduced

Appearance - Males are grey and brown with a dark throat and light brown on tips Females are not dark on the throat and darker underneath. They are 11 cm long.

Nesting Habits - they make a soft nest out of grass and fibres that they like to build in ceilings or under eaves. They like somewhere they are sheltered.

Number of Eggs - lay 5 to 6 speckled eggs are laid 3 to 4 times a year

Australian White Ibis

Normally found - in parks, gardens, zoos and waste management areas. Flocks of many thousands come to an area.

Food - they are the biggest scavengers, not fussy on what they eat

Origin - Native

Appearance - they have a white body with a black tail feathers, neck, head, long beak and legs. They are 65 to 75 cm long.

Nesting Habits - nests are made of sticks and twigs, that they build in palm trees and other large trees

Number of Eggs - lay 3 to 4 white eggs a year

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

Normally found - in agricultural and horticultural areas. They will gnaw on timber and soft materials. They gnaw on any building that they choose. Cockatoos are an intelligent bird but a major pest problem in society.

Food - they eat seeds, fruit, nuts, roots, berries, blossoms, insects, larva, crops and bagged grain

Origin - Native (protected)

Appearance - they area large bird measuring 45 to 50 cm long. They are mainly white and with a yellow curved crest with a large grey beak.

Nesting Habits - their nests are in a natural hollow found in a tree

Number of Eggs - lay 1 to 3 white speckled eggs twice a year

Swallow

Normally found - they live together in large numbers. Mainly found in commercial and rural areas. They roost and nest together in farm buildings, under bridges, in warehouses and other structures. They can be problems in residential areas.

Food - they feed on insects, berries and seeds

Origin - Native (protected)

Appearance - they are brown, red and orange face and throat. Their belly is a light grey with a blue coast and tail feathers are grey. They are 12 cm long.

Nesting Habits - they create a nest made of mud to walls close to or touching the ceiling

Number of Eggs - lay 4 to 5 white to cream eggs with brown speckles

Silver Gull

Normally found - congregate at small airfields, garbage disposal bins. Wet weather will bring flocks in from the sea.

Food - they eat anything that drops. Flocks will annoy people with their screeching and surrounding presence until they hand over their meals. Very good scavengers.

Origin - Native

Appearance - they are white with light grew wings and red legs. They are 30 cm long.

Nesting Habits - they nest in shallow holes in the ground lined with grass

Number of Eggs - lay 3 to 4 eggs with brown markings

Do Birds carry diseases?

Yes, birds do spread diseases to humans from their faeces. Histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, aspergillosis are fungus diseases in bird droppings and the spores become airborne thus being easily inhaled by people nearby. Symptoms are like influenza. Also salmonella a food poisoning bacteria can be contracted by humans from bird droppings so birds should not be near warehouses or food facilities. 

Birds are also hosts for bird lice and mites, the latter become pest for humans when the birds nest in buildings. Usually this infestation occurs when they baby birds have grown and left the nest. The external parasites left behind in the nest leave to find a new host and that is why they get inside the building.

Why Birds are a pest?

Pest birds are in huge numbers in Australia, unfortunately growing. They affect commercial, domestic buildings, airports, marinas, as well as horticultural and agricultural sectors. Bird problems include:

1. Roosting or nesting in buildings and get access through broken tiles or damaged ridge capping. 

 

2. Contaminate food, wreck packages with their droppings. Food factories, warehouses & storage facilities are often invaded by birds entering through vast doors to seek food, shelter & a place to nest. 

3. Nest in guttering and downpipes cause water to overflow, leading to moisture problems in walls. Their faeces also reduce the normal flow of water in gutters and cause corrosion. Also it has the potential to cause serious structural damage.

 

4. Pests on aerodromes being attracted to large open grassed areas. They can be a problem with propeller-driven craft and jet aircraft as they are sucked into the engine.

 

5. The displacement of native bird species is a major community concern as these more aggressive pest birds that dominate over our large and small native birds.

Spotted Turtle Dove

Normally found - spotted turtle dove are usually found where there are seeds growing and plant beds e.g. farms

Food - they like vegetable matter and seeds

Origin - Introduced

Appearance - they are grey and brown spots on their neck with a grey head, tones of brown down their back. They are 30 cm long.

Nesting Habits - they will build nests in small trees and shrubs

Number of Eggs - lay 2 white eggs, twice in each year in summer