Corella problems in western Victoria: chronology of the management of a native pest species

Long-billed Corellas (Cacatua tenuirostris) are mainly confined to south-eastern South Australia and south-west Victoria. The effects of post colonial land changes in these regions caused a dramatic decline in abundance and distribution of the Long-billed Corella such that by the 1960s there was concern about it’s long-term viability. More recently the population has increased to a situation where they are regarded as pests.

This paper outlines the chronology of various approaches to management of the Long-billed Corella in western Victoria. This case study identifies that future Long-billed Corella management needs to be framed by a nexus of diverse information and suggests that pest management requires a more participatory approach identifying methods that reduce crop damage in contrast to the dominance of lethal control of birds. This requires a paradigm shift for both government and community in relation to the locus of control informing pest management.

Author Kentish, B., Wallis, A., Brennan, D., Hartwell, D., Whiteford, C. and Temby, I.
Date 2005-05-02
Year 2005
Secondary title 13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference
Place published Wellington, NZ
Publisher Landcare Research
Institution University of Ballarat
Pages 217-223
Region VIC
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