Black- throat finches were plen­ti­ful on our prop­erty

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

I WOULD like to re­ply to “Finch back to pose threat for mine”, ( TB, 21/ 7).

From 1984 to 1996 we ran a 48,000 acre cat­tle prop­erty 100km south of Char­ters Tow­ers where black- throated finches were quite plen­ti­ful.

This sil­ver leaf iron­bark coun­try ( also called broadleaf iron­bark) seems to suit black- throat as they thrive on white ant mounds which abound in this type of coun­try.

The black- throats, be­ing lit­tle meat- eat­ing devils, seem to need them in their diet to breed.

I bred these beau­ti­ful lit­tle dar­lings for years, and learnt quite a lot about them. Some of my old finch- lov­ing mates around Char­ters Tow­ers have also in­formed me that it is the same sit­u­a­tion north of the Tow­ers.

This is not a let­ter of ar­gu­ment against the preser­va­tion of this beau­ti­ful lit­tle bird, but I feel com­pelled to add some truth to the black­throat finch de­bate. KEN KNUTH,

Range­wood.

MEAT EATERS: Black- throated finches thrive on white ants.

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