Black- throat finches were plentiful on our property
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,