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Winged Invaders - Pest Birds Of The Asia Pacific

Winged Invaders - Pest Birds Of The Asia Pacific

Winged Invaders - Pest Birds Of The Asia Pacific



Pest bird species, or perceived pest birds, have been a topic of public discussion for a few decades now in Asian cities such as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. Increasing urbanisation and the clearance of natural habitats in such cites have changed the balance between humans and nature, creating new space and opportunity for invasive bird species, both exotic new arrivals and natives. Some of these are perceived as a nuisance because they threaten indigenous species, are seen as "dirty", or because they are suspected of carrying and spreading disease among humans. The latter suspicion has grown in the wake of the SARS crisis of early 2003 and, more recently, Bird Flu virus outbreaks in Asia.  

What is the reality of the role played by so-called pest birds in urban ecology in the Asia Pacific? What factors promote their increase and spread in distribution? Do they need to be managed; if so, how? Is part of the desired management actually management of ourselves, of our lifestyles and environments? Or should these "pests" be accepted and tolerated as part of nature? Perhaps even admired for their skill in adapting to human-dominated environments and their ability to survive? Can we learn any lessons for the future from their stories? Importantly - what role do they really play in the spread of the disease?

The authors give a lively snapshot of these feisty species - their place in history, their biology and life cycles, and what, if anything, can or should be done about them. 

It is important to teach ourselves how to distinguish between the "pest" birds and their indigenous or less offensive counterparts, and to know when birds are indigenous or introduced/exotic.

The information in this book will be of practical use to disease specialists, biologists, government agencies, environmental managers, town council managers, town planners and architects, students and concerned and enquiring laymen and the general public - in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Japan and other urban centres of Asia, as well as in Australia and New Zealand.

Weight 0.50 grams
Author Professor Navjot S. Jodhi and Ilsa Sharp
ISBN 978.981.248.065.1
Size 227mm x 152mm
Extent 208pp
Hardcover / Softcover Softcover
Illustrated or Black & White Full Colour with illustrations
Language English
Our price: US$32.50

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