Scientists To Investigate Bird-Human Relations in NZ
Researchers in New Zealand are setting up a study on the populations of kaka parrots and feral pigeons in the capital city of Wellington, in order to shed light on the often tense relationship between birds and humans in urban areas.
Wellington was thought to be one of only a few cities with breeding kaka, but the rare parrot could be as much of a nuisance as its more ubiquitous cousin, the Spanish rock pigeon, Victoria University biological science senior lecturer Wayne Linklater said.
The study is part of a larger research project on the management of biodiversity in urban areas, with a focus on pigeons.
Dr Linklater said his team was looking for ways to manage conflict between birds, residents and business owners.
"There are frequent complaints from cafe owners and retailers about pigeon faeces and acidic aromas. However, when culls have been proposed in the past, there's been a public outcry,'' he said.