Tui and bellbirds sing on after 1080 drops

LETTER

Your correspondent Bob Gingles is wrong to suggest that birdsong virtually ceases in areas of native bush where 1080 has been used.

The two birds that cause the birdsong are the bellbird (korimako) and the tui. Both these birds are honey eaters and also eat fruit on trees. Occasionally they will eat small insects on the trunks of trees. They never feed on the ground where the 1080 is.

Birdsong has decreased in areas where no 1080 has been deposited. The lack of birds is caused by the thousands of possums, rats and stoats that devour the young and eggs of these birds.

R. Hart

Your correspondent Bob Gingles is wrong to suggest that birdsong virtually ceases in areas of native bush where 1080 has been used.

The two birds that cause the birdsong are the bellbird (korimako) and the tui. Both these birds are honey eaters and also eat fruit on trees. Occasionally they will eat small insects on the trunks of trees. They never feed on the ground where the 1080 is.

Birdsong has decreased in areas where no 1080 has been deposited. The lack of birds is caused by the thousands of possums, rats and stoats that devour the young and eggs of these birds.

R. Hart

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