Out on the border: Keeping starlings out of Western Australia

The European starling, Sturnus vulgaris, is listed as one of the world’s worst 100 invasive alien species by the IUCN (World Conservation Union). Starlings represent a significant biosecurity risk to agriculture, the environment and the community of Western Australia (WA). Fortunately for WA, the Nullarbor Plain represents a natural barrier restricting the westward movement of starlings, but it is not completely starling-proof. Currently, there are sparse numbers of starlings across the Nullarbor Plain and two ‘founder’ populations of starlings near Esperance, on the eastern edge of WA’s Agricultural Region. The Western Australian Department of Agriculture (DAWA) and the Agriculture Protection Board (APB) have successfully strategically managed starlings since 1971. More recently, some applied research strategies have been initiated to assist best practice management. This paper briefly outlines the past, current and future management and research strategies used to keep WA free from starlings.

Author Woolnough, A. P., Massam, M. C., Payne, R. L. and Pickles, G. S.
Date 2005-05-02
Year 2005
Secondary title 13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference
Place published Wellington, NZ
Publisher Landcare Research
Institution Department of Agriculture, WA
Pages 183-189
Region WA
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